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Affective Determinants of Health Behavior$
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David M. Williams, Ryan E. Rhodes, and Mark T. Conner

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190499037

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190499037.001.0001

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Affective Determinants of Health Behavior

Natasha S. Hansen

Arielle S. Gillman

Sarah W. Feldstein Ewing

Angela D. Bryan

Oxford University Press

Sex in one of its many forms is an almost universal human experience. Given its ubiquity and its potential for widespread health impacts, understanding the determinants of sexual behaviors has become a topic of considerable scientific investigation. Sex is often a highly emotionally charged experience, so it is perhaps unsurprising that certain affective states have been shown to be closely tied to particular sexual behaviors. This chapter begins by briefly describing the evidence for why sex should be considered an important health behavior, including the health benefits associated with certain sexual behaviors and risks associated with others, and then outlines the research on some of the affective determinants of sexual behaviors. Specific topics include how emotional states predict sexual intercourse frequency and sexual arousal, the interplay of mood and sex in the context of romantic relationships, and affective determinants of risky sexual behaviors.

Keywords:   sexual behavior, health, affect, mood, emotion, risky sex, romantic relationship

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