Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy

Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy
Open Access

ISSN: 2161-0487


Jon Ellis

Department of Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences, East Tennessee State University, USA

  • Research Article   
    High Risk Sexual Behavior and Reasons for Living in a College Population
    Author(s): Trisha Benson and Jon Ellis*

    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... Read More»
    DOI: 10.35248/2161-0487.19.9.361

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