Men's Intentions to Have Sex with a New Partner: Sexual and Emotional Responding, Alcohol, and Condoms

Amanda K. Gilmore, William H. George, Angela J. Jacques-Tiura, Hollie F. Granato, Kelly Cue Davis, Jeanette Norris, Julia R. Heiman

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Abstract

Findings regarding the relation between alcohol and intentions to have sex have been mixed, and little research has examined the role of condom availability on intentions to have sex. Sexual and emotional responding may influence subsequent sexual decisions. Thus, a better understanding of sexual and emotional responding combined with situational factors such as condom presence could help explain the discrepancies in findings regarding alcohol's effect on intentions to have sex. The effects of alcohol and condom presence on men's intentions to have sex were examined using an experimental paradigm involving an alcohol administration study and a second-person eroticized scenario. The effects of sexual and emotional responding were also examined in relation to intentions to have sex. It was found that alcohol increased positive mood, which was associated with higher intentions to have sex. In addition, condom presence was directly associated with higher intentions to have sex. More sexual desire was related to increased likelihood of sexual intentions. These findings increase understanding of mechanisms underlying the relation between alcohol and intentions to have sex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-177
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 17 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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