Acculturation, gender, sexual self -efficacy, religious orientation and risky sex among heterosexual Asian American young adults

Lina Sueyoshi, Fordham University

Abstract

This study examined the effects of acculturation, gender, sexual self-efficacy, and religious orientation on risky sexual behaviors. 217 never married Asian Americans (ages 18–34, mean age = 23) completed the following measures: Acculturation Rating Scale II (ARSII; Liem, Lim, & Liem, 2000), Sexual Self-Efficacy Scale (SSE; Rosenthal, Moore, & Flynn, 1991), Intrinsic/Extrinsic-Revised Religious Orientation Scale (I/E-R ROS; Gorsuch & McPherson, 1989), Scale of Sexual Risk-Taking (SSRT; Metzler, Noell, & Biglan, 1992), short form of the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale (Reynolds, 1982), and a demographic questionnaire. Data were analyzed using Pearson product-moment correlations, independent samples t tests, and hierarchical multiple regression. Results revealed that an intrinsic religious orientation, Anglo orientation, Asian orientation, and a bicultural orientation were all inversely related to risky sexual behaviors. In addition, sexual self-efficacy was negatively related to risky sexual behaviors in the non virgin sample (n = 154). No gender differences were found in risky sexual behaviors. Lastly, a hierarchical multiple regression revealed that Asian orientation, Anglo orientation, sexual self-efficacy, and intrinsic religious orientation accounted for 9% of the variance in risky sexual behaviors in the entire sample and 13% of the variance in risky sexual behaviors in the non virgin sample. Limitations of the study, implications for practice, and suggestions for future research are also discussed. ^

Subject Area

Psychology, Social|Education, Educational Psychology|Psychology, Clinical

Recommended Citation

Lina Sueyoshi, "Acculturation, gender, sexual self -efficacy, religious orientation and risky sex among heterosexual Asian American young adults" (January 1, 2005). ETD Collection for Fordham University. Paper AAI3166582.
http://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI3166582

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