From the bar to the bed via mobile phone: A first test of the role of problematic alcohol use, sexting, and impulsivity-related traits in sexual hookups

  • Dir A
  • Cyders M
  • Coskunpinar A
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Abstract

Computer-mediated sexting behaviors, problematic alcohol use, and sexual hookups are prevalent among college populations. While relationships between sexting and alcohol, and sexting and sex have been established, the potential role of sexting as a mediator between alcohol use and hookups is unknown. The study provides the first test of a causal, temporal model in which (1) sexting mediates the relationship between problematic alcohol use and sexual hookups; and (2) impulsivity-related traits and alcohol-related expectancies predict problematic alcohol use and sexting. Results: In a college sample, (N = 611; M(SD)age = 21.4 (4.18); 77.3% female), a causal path model using structural equation modeling indicated that: (1) Problematic alcohol use (b =.05, p

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  • AP Model
  • Alcohol use
  • Impulsivity
  • Sexting
  • Sexual hookups

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