Predicting sexual risk and sexual health screening in a sample of university students in Lebanon: a cross-sectional study

Maatouk, I., Assi, M. and Jaspal, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-8463-9519, 2021. Predicting sexual risk and sexual health screening in a sample of university students in Lebanon: a cross-sectional study. Journal of American College Health. ISSN 0744-8481 (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

Objective: The present study focuses on factors that predict sexual risk behaviors and sexual health screening behaviors in a sample of university students in Lebanon.

Participants: A convenience sample of 250 undergraduate students was recruited at a private university in Beirut, Lebanon.

Methods: Students completed measures of religiosity, psychological distress, contraceptives usage, HIV/STI screening, and sexual risk behaviors.

Results: Religiosity was negatively associated with a range of risky sexual behaviors whereas psychological distress was positively associated with these behaviors. Sex under the influence of alcohol/drugs, discussing methods of contraception, and engaging in sexual activities later regretted had significant effects on having had condomless vaginal sex. Gender (being female) and sex under the influence of alcohol had significant effects on STIs screening.

Conclusion: Interventions that focus on managing drug and alcohol use in students, unwanted pregnancy, religion, stigma related to screening, and sexual health education are recommended.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of American College Health
Creators: Maatouk, I., Assi, M. and Jaspal, R.
Publisher: Taylor and Francis (Routledge)
Date: 28 February 2021
ISSN: 0744-8481
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Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Lee Houghton
Date Added: 10 Mar 2021 15:58
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2021 16:01
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42476

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