Using internet predicts attitudes towards sexual behaviour in Italian psychology students


The aim of the present study was to investigate whether the use of different sources of information about sexuality predicts attitudes towards own and towards others’ sexual behaviours, as measured through the Trueblood Sexual Attitude Questionnaire (TSAQ) Self and Other scales, in 193 Italian psychology students. The self-reported sources of information considered in the study were books, newspapers, magazines, television, internet, friends, family, and sex education courses, and age, gender, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs were tested as possible confounders. Results from hierarchical regression analyses showed that students' self-reported use of the internet predict liberal attitudes towards their own sexual behaviour, including autoeroticism, commercial sex, heterosexuality, homosexuality, and variation in sex, after controlling for age, gender, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs. On the other hand, we did not find any significant relations between self-reported information sources about sexuality and students' attitudes towards others' sexual behaviour. These results highlight the need for higher education institutions, educators and practitioners in the field of human sexuality to review sexual education programmes targeting university students, taking into account the role of the internet.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > Aston Medical School > Translational Medicine Research Group (TMRG)
College of Health & Life Sciences > Aston Medical School
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Attitudes,Behaviour,Internet,Sexuality,University students,Psychology (miscellaneous),Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Publication ISSN: 1158-1360
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2024 17:06
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2020 15:27
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Published Date: 2020-03-01
Published Online Date: 2020-01-14
Accepted Date: 2020-01-01
Authors: Fino, E. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-5095-6014)
Pierleoni, L.
Cosmi, V.
Giuliani, M.
Gambino, G.

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