Past research has identified adaptive cognitive beliefs to be lacking in individuals who report suicidal ideation. The purpose of this study was to identify whether these adaptive characteristics, particularly survival and coping beliefs, are absent in individuals who participate in high risk sexual behaviors. Participants included 328 individuals. Results indicated that women scored higher than men, non-ideators scored higher than ideators, and participants at high risk for HIV contraction scored lower than those at low risk and moderate risk on the RFL–Survival and Coping Beliefs subscale. No difference was noted between men and women in regards to reported risky sexual behaviors. The study suggests that the lack of adaptive cognitive beliefs may generalize to other life-threatening and maladaptive behaviors.
Published Date: 2019-09-20; Received Date: 2019-07-30