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Nursing Research and Practice
Volume 2011, Article ID 504571, 8 pages
Research Article

Temperament, Context and Sexual Risk among College Students

College of Nursing, The Ohio State University, 1585 Neil Avenue, 354 Newton Hall, Columbus, OH 43210, USA

Received 30 December 2010; Accepted 18 April 2011

Academic Editor: Patrick Callaghan

Copyright © 2011 Victoria von Sadovszky. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Much is known about predictors of risky sexual behaviors in young adults. Little is known; however, about the contribution of temperament and how temperament interacts with context to influence sexual risk intentions and actual behaviors. Since intentions are closely linked to behavior, knowing how temperament influences these decisions is important in planning interventions. The purpose of this quasiexperimental study was to examine the effect of gender, temperament, and context on sexual risk intentions and behaviors among college students ( 𝑁 = 1 4 5 ). Although individual components of temperament were associated with sexual risk intentions, temperament did not predict sexual risk intentions in a safer or risky context or actual behaviors. There were also no differences by gender. In this study, temperament did not interact with context to influence sexual risk intentions or behaviors. According to these results, interventions promoting safer sexual behaviors may not have to be tailored to individuals with different temperament styles.