Effect of sexual motivation on men's risk perception for sexually transmitted disease: there must be 50 ways to justify a lover
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Effect of sexual motivation on men's risk perception for sexually transmitted disease
Abstract: 

Recent research has incorporated situational factors into assessment of risk. Working from a rational appraisal framework, however, these studies have not emphasized contextual features that might introduce motivated risk assessment. In the current study, participants (N = 40 male undergraduates) lowered their risk perceptions for STDs following the induction of a sexual motivation. In an initial baseline condition, participants estimated the risk of contracting STDs from partners with relatively high- or low-risk sexual histories. In a subsequent trial, participants repeated the imagery task while viewing photographs that were high or low in sex appeal. As predicted, participants reduced their risk perceptions when they viewed photographs high in sex appeal. The only necessary precondition was the presence of nondiagnostic information from which they could construct biased risk estimates.

Author(s): 
Blanton, H.
Gerrard, M.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Health Psychology: Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
Journal Abbreviation: 
Health Psychol
Publication Date: 
1997-07
Publication Year: 
1997
Pages: 
374-379
Volume: 
16
Issue: 
4
ISSN: 
0278-6133
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 9237090

Turabian/Chicago Citation

H. Blanton and M. Gerrard. 1997-07. "Effect of sexual motivation on men's risk perception for sexually transmitted disease: there must be 50 ways to justify a lover." Health Psychology: Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association 16: 4: 374-379.

Wikipedia Citation

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