Presentation Title: Let’s Talk about Sex: Factors Associated with College Students’ Sexual Communication Apprehension

Section: Advances in Health and Harm Reduction I

Location: , 220

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 9:15am - 9:30am


Extensive research has shown that sexual communication with a sexual partner is directly linked to positive sexual outcomes such as greater satisfaction and fewer risky behaviors.  Reducing sexual communication apprehension is an important hurdle that partners must overcome in order to increase levels of sexual communication.  That is, feeling uncomfortable with talking about sex inhibits sexual communication.  One theory suggests that reducing the novelty of a given role or situation will also reduce communication apprehension (Buss, 1980).  In today’s society, novelty-reducing agents may take the form of parent-child discussions, peer conversations and formal sexual education.  In all three of these contexts, young adults are desensitized to the delicate nature of sexual topics and are given the opportunity to practice the role of sexual communicator.  The present study assessed 522 survey participants’ experiences with such novelty-reducing agents, levels of sexual communication apprehension and actual levels of sexual communication with sexual partners. 

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: Psychology

Presentation Topic: Sex

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Presenter Information
Presenter(s): Mulligan, Amanda May
Major(s): Psychology
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Baldridge, Susan Campbell
Dept(s): Psychology

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