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"How do our internal conflicts about sexuality shape risk behavior and substance use?"

The Drinking and Sexual Health (DASH) Project investigates the ways in which internal conflict about sexuality (e.g., between competing desires, personal values, and perceived social norms) impacts risk-taking. We know that alcohol use is often a factor in sexual behavior; this project examines the ways in which drinking (and expectations about the effects of alcohol on decision-making) influence risk-taking. DASH integrates theoretical models including Alcohol Myopia Theory (Steele & Joseph, 1990) and Expectancy Theory (Dermen & Cooper, 1994) to test a new conceptual model, called Conflict Motivation Theory, to explain sexual behavior that occurs under the influence of alcohol. Specifically, DASH focuses on emerging adults (i.e., young people between the ages of 18 and 29) and follows them for 24 months.

The study is being conducted in collaboration with the Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training (CHEST); click here for more information.

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Funded by:
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Grant #: R01HD061410
Dates: 08/2010 - 06/2014
PI: Sarit A. Golub, PhD, MPH & Jeffrey T. Parsons, PhD (MPI Plan)