Using internet predicts attitudes towards sexual behaviour in Italian psychology students

Fino, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-5095-6014, Pierleoni, L., Cosmi, V., Giuliani, M. and Gambino, G., 2020. Using internet predicts attitudes towards sexual behaviour in Italian psychology students. Sexologies, 29 (1), e27-e33. ISSN 1158-1360

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Abstract

The aim of the present study was to investigate whether the use of different sources of information about sexuality predicts attitudes towards own and towards others' sexual behaviours, as measured through the Trueblood Sexual Attitude Questionnaire (TSAQ) Self and Other scales, in 193 Italian psychology students. The self-reported sources of information considered in the study were books, newspapers, magazines, television, internet, friends, family, and sex education courses, and age, gender, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs were tested as possible confounders. Results from hierarchical regression analyses showed that students' self-reported use of the internet predict liberal attitudes towards their own sexual behaviour, including autoeroticism, commercial sex, heterosexuality, homosexuality, and variation in sex, after controlling for age, gender, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs. On the other hand, we did not find any significant relations between self-reported information sources about sexuality and students' attitudes towards others' sexual behaviour. These results highlight the need for higher education institutions, educators and practitioners in the field of human sexuality to review sexual education programmes targeting university students, taking into account the role of the internet.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sexologies
Creators: Fino, E., Pierleoni, L., Cosmi, V., Giuliani, M. and Gambino, G.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: January 2020
Volume: 29
Number: 1
ISSN: 1158-1360
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.sexol.2019.10.001DOI
S1158136019301203Publisher Item Identifier
1323882Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 13 May 2020 09:41
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2020 13:22
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39828

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