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Publication Date

Spring 2014

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Sean Laraway


alcohol, PBS, sex, sleep, stress, unsafe

Subject Areas

Psychology; Health sciences; Behavioral sciences


The present study focused on unsafe sexual behavior (the absence of a barrier contraceptive during oral, anal, or vaginal sex) as a prototypical risky behavior. Through the data provided by the ACHA-NCHA-II (American College Health Association's National College Health Assessment), this study examined the extent to which the following four factors related to unsafe sex occurrence in the San José State University sample: age, stress, sleep, and alcohol use. In addition, this study examined SJSU students' use of protective behavioral strategies (PBS) to minimize the harmful consequences of alcohol consumption as indicators of general levels of self-control. In summary, this study found that unsafe sex decisions seem to depend on marital or relationship status, gender, and age. Furthermore, PBS are highly correlated with lower instances of unsafe sex decisions.