Title

Protective and Risk Factors associated with Risky Sexual Behavior and Quality of Life Implications for Emerging Adults

Advisor

McKinney, Cliff

Committee Member

Eakin, Deborah

Committee Member

Keeley, Jared

Date of Degree

1-1-2012

Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Clinical Psychology

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Abstract

The current study examines how risk factors such as psychopathology and risky sexual behavior may impact quality of life negatively and how protective factors such as perceived positive parenting, social support, and self-efficacy may impact quality of life positively. The sample consisted of 507 participants aged 18 to 29 years enrolled at a southeastern university. Results indicate that higher levels of risky sexual behavior were associated with higher levels of psychopathology; lower scores on all quality of life subscales; and lower levels of perceived positive parenting, social support, and selfefficacy. Higher scores on all quality of life subscales were associated with higher levels of perceived positive parenting, social support, and self-efficacy and lower levels of psychopathology. When all factors were examined in a regression, the effects of perceived positive parenting, social support, and self-efficacy on quality of life were greater than the effects of RSB and psychopathology.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/21235

Comments

Emerging adulthood||sex*||sexual behavior

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