Does distress intolerance moderate the link between ADHD symptoms and number of sexual partners?

Kathryn Van Eck, Kate Flory, Danielle Willis

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Abstract

Previous research demonstrates that ADHD symptoms are related to increased risky sexual behavior. Distress intolerance (DIT) has also been linked to risk behavior and may also be related to increased risky sexual behavior. Thus, we evaluated the degree to which DIT moderated the link between ADHD symptoms and number of casual and monogamous sexual partners. Participants were undergraduate psychology students (N = 660; 30 % male; M = 20.23, SD = 1.40; 47 % European American) who completed an online assessment. Hierarchical multiple regression revealed that several DIT constructs, specifically tolerance, appraisal, and regulation, moderated the link between ADHD symptoms and casual sex partners. Only regulation moderated the association between ADHD symptoms and monogamous sex partners. Results suggest that difficulty managing distress moderates the link between ADHD symptoms and number of sexual partners. These results have important implications for prevention and intervention program development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-47
Number of pages9
JournalADHD Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • ADHD
  • College students
  • Conduct problems
  • Distress tolerance
  • Risky sexual behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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