Journal of Motivation, Emotion, and Personality

Reversal Theory Studies

Paratelic-Telic State, Sexual Arousal, and Sexual Risk-Taking in University Students

Author: Shayna Skakoon-Sparling and Ken Cramer
Organization: University of Windsor

Citation: Skakoon-Sparling, S. and Cramer, K. 2014. Paratelic-Telic State, Sexual Arousal, and Sexual Risk-Taking in University Students. Journal of Motivation, Emotion, and Personality. Vol. 2, No. 1 (2014), pp. 32-37. DOI: 10.12689/jmep.2014.204

Abstract: Sexually transmitted infections, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), present a serious health concern among young adults. Despite the fact that, in the developed world, much of this population has access (online and otherwise) to a variety of sexual education programs designed to encourage safer sexual behavior, these techniques are still inconsistently implemented in practice. Reversal theory o ers a unique perspective on the role of motivational state in sexual decision making. The present study investigated the potential link between sexual arousal and paratelic/telic balance in 152 university students. Telic/paratelic balance was manipulated through the use of sexually arousing stimuli. A strong link was found between paratelic state and sexual arousal such that, as sexual arousal increased, motivation correspondingly shifted toward a more paratelic state. In concert with results from similar studies (Skakoon-Sparling, Shuper, & Cramer, 2013), these findings suggest that the paratelic state may indeed be associated with greater intentions toward risky sexual behavior.

Keywords: reversal theory, paratelic-telic, sexual risk taking, sexual arousal, motivation

DOI: 10.12689/jmep.2014.204

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Telic/Paratelic State Inventory (Modified)

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