P34. Examining Psychological Distress as a Primer for Sexual Risk Taking Among Emerging Adults


This study examines the relationship between psychological distress and risky sexual behavior (condom use inconsistency and past year STI history) in a sample of emerging adult (ages 18-25) college students from spring administrations of the National College Health Assessment. Findings suggest a dose-response relationship such that as psychological distress increases, so too does engagement in risky sexual behaviors in this population. These findings have implications for healthcare practitioners and college/university personnel committed to improving health outcomes in emerging adults.

Poster Category: Research


Presenter(s): Cassandra Riedy Rush, MA, Sarah Litt, MA, NCE, Melanie Minges, MA, Delishia Pittman, PhD; Alicia Quayson, MA (George Washington University)

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