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Health Psychol. 2009 Jan;28(1):20-8. doi: 10.1037/a0012649.

Cognitive mediation of alcohol's effects on women's in-the-moment sexual decision making.

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  • 1Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98105-4631, USA. norris@u.washington.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To test a cognitive mediation model examining whether cognitive appraisals mediate alcohol consumption effects on condom request and unprotected sex intentions.

DESIGN:

Female social drinkers (N = 173) participated in an experiment comparing four beverage conditions: control, placebo, target BAL = .04%, and target BAL = .08%. Subjects projected themselves into a hypothetical sexual encounter with a new sex partner.

MEASURES:

Appraisals of the situation's sexual potential, impelling and inhibiting cognitions, and behavioral intentions were assessed at several points.

RESULTS:

Findings support the theoretical model, indicating that alcohol's effects on direct condom request and unprotected sex intentions were mediated through cognitive appraisals.

CONCLUSION:

Prevention interventions should include information about alcohol's effects on cognitions that may lead to ineffective condom negotiation and unprotected sex.

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PMID:
19210014
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PMCID:
PMC2651842
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