Data were collected at the University of New Mexico Psychology Department. The first author was supported by an NRSA NIAAA training grant (#5T32-AA07240-18) in preparing the present manuscript. The second author was supported by NIMH grants (#P50-MH43520 and #P30-MH52776) and an NRSA training grant (#5T32-MH19139). The authors also are grateful for the helpful comments from Joel Grube and Glenn Reeder in preparing this manuscript.
Social Comparisons of One's Own With Others' Attitudes Toward Casual and Responsible Sex1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 28, Issue 10, pages 845–860, May 1998
How to Cite
Agostinelli, G. and Seal, D. W. (1998), Social Comparisons of One's Own With Others' Attitudes Toward Casual and Responsible Sex. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 28: 845–860. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1998.tb01656.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
College students perceive their risks for negative outcomes from sexual behavior as lower than that of their peers. We examined whether similar biases would occur when undergraduates rated their own, their close friends', and the typical college student's attitudes regarding casual sex and sexual responsibility. Participants rated their own attitudes relative to all others' as the least permissive and most sexually responsible. Close friends' attitudes were rated as less permissive and more responsible than the average college student's. Finally, individuals with unrestricted sociosexual orientations and men attributed more permissive and less sexually responsible attitudes to both themselves and close friends than did individuals with restricted sociosexual orientations and women. These latter effects were absent when rating the typical college student.