The relationship between risky sexual behaviour practices and attachment styles in a university sample.
Mc Intosh, Charlene Bianca.
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A growing body of research has explored the relationship between attachment styles and sexual behaviour, although these two systems, along with care-giving, are theorized to constitute romantic love (Fraley & Shaver, 2000; Hazan & Shaver, 1987). The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between attachment styles and risky sexual behaviour in young adults. A secondary aim was to explore the relationship between particularly risky sexual behaviours and participants’ membership to an attachment dimension. In addition to this, the role of self-esteem as a moderating effect on risky sexual behaviour and attachment dimension was examined. A questionnaire survey was administered to a convenience sample of 211 undergraduate university students with ages ranging from 17 to 24 years. The gender make up of this sample constituted 80 males (37.9%) and 131 Females (62.1%). The Past and Present Sexual History Questionnaire was used to measure risky sexual behaviour. Attachment dimensions were calculated by means of the Adult Attachment Scale (AAS) and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSE) was used to determined participants self-esteem.