Motivations for sex and risky sexual behavior among adolescents and young adults: a functional perspective.

@article{Cooper1998MotivationsFS,
  title={Motivations for sex and risky sexual behavior among adolescents and young adults: a functional perspective.},
  author={Margaret L. Cooper and ColinM. Shapiro and Ann M Powers},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1998},
  volume={75 6},
  pages={
          1528-58
        }
}
The implications of a functionalist perspective for understanding sexual risk taking are explored. Key motivational dimensions thought to underlie human behavior (viz., approach vs. avoidance, autonomy vs. relatedness) were used to identify 4 broad domains of sexual motivations and to develop a measure of specific motives within each of these domains. Data from both college student and community samples are used to demonstrate the psychometric adequacy of these scales and to show that having… CONTINUE READING

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