Increased incidence of risky sexual behavior in college students with a history of familial incarceration
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Graduate Thesis - Open Access
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Psychology
This study examined risky sexual behaviors in college students with and without a history of familial incarceration. Researchers have studied some possible negative effects of parental incarceration such as aggression, but have not addressed consequences that may occur later in a child’s life. In addition, until the current study, no one had examined coping styles as a possible mediator between parental incarceration and later outcomes. In this study, 771 college students completed an internet-based survey assessing history of familial incarceration, sexual behaviors, and coping skills. Students with a history of familial incarceration engaged in more risky sexual behaviors than other students. However, coping styles did not mediate the relationship between risky sexual behavior and history of parental or familial incarceration.
Leachman, Lacey Loy, "Increased incidence of risky sexual behavior in college students with a history of familial incarceration" (2008). Theses and Dissertations MSU. 2685.