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Using a pattern-centered approach to assess sexual risk-taking in study abroad students
Journal of American College Health (2016)
  • T. Marcantonio
  • D. J. Angelone, Rowan University
  • E. Sledjeski, Rowan University
Objectives: The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of several potential factors related to sexually risky behaviors in study abroad students. The authors utilized a pattern-centered analysis to identify specific groups that can be targeted for intervention. Participants: The sample consisted of 173 students who studied abroad in a variety of international locations for an average of 4 months. Methods: Participants completed questionnaires informed by the Triandis Theory of Interpersonal Behavior that have been predictive of risky sex in traditional traveling environments. Results: The analyses revealed 3 different pathways for risky sexual behavior: Environmental involvement, historical condom use, and intentions to engage in risky sex. Conclusion: These findings can be used for identification of specific high-risk groups of students who can be targeted for predeparture prevention programs.
  • CART,
  • risky sexual behavior,
  • study abroad,
  • Triandis theory of interpersonal behavior
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T. Marcantonio, D. J. Angelone and E. Sledjeski. "Using a pattern-centered approach to assess sexual risk-taking in study abroad students" Journal of American College Health Vol. 64 Iss. 3 (2016) p. 165 - 173
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