Identifying mediating mechanisms in the relationship between attachment style and risky sexual behaviors
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Previous research indicates that participation in or abstinence from certain sexual behaviors can be associated with attachment style. Furthermore, attachment style can be related to communication and communication can be related to participation in or abstinence from certain sexual behaviors. Based on the existing research addressing the development and stability of attachment styles, I develop a model to explain the possible relationship between these variables. Results show that there are few consistent patterns in the relationship between attachment style and sexual behavior. There is some consistency with regard to number of partners and vulnerability to sexual coercion. Results also indicate that condom use during penile/vaginal intercourse is the same across groups regardless of control factors. These findings have implications for education, prevention, and intervention and increase the demand for future research in this area to better understand the views and behaviors of adolescents and young adults today.