Adult attachments and sexuality: Implications for understanding risk behaviours for HIV infection

Feeney J.A. (1992) Adult attachments and sexuality: Implications for understanding risk behaviours for HIV infection. Australasian Psychiatry, 26 3: 399-407. doi:10.3109/00048679209072062


Author Feeney J.A.
Title Adult attachments and sexuality: Implications for understanding risk behaviours for HIV infection
Journal name Australasian Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1039-8562
Publication date 1992-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/00048679209072062
Volume 26
Issue 3
Start page 399
End page 407
Total pages 9
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Subject 2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
Abstract In response to the AIDS epidemic, there has been an intensification of interest in human sexuality research in general and "safe sex" practices in particular. Most research models have been somewhat mechanistic in focus, however, with little recognition of the significance of affectional needs in the formation and maintenance of sexual relationships. In this paper we propose that relationship issues are central to an understanding of the expression of sexuality, and that attachment theory provides a useful perspective on human sexual bonds. It is suggested that future research could usefully extend the conceptualisation of adult attachment styles by exploring the meaning of attachment relationships for gay and heterosexual couples, and the implications of attachment style for the behaviours associated with sexual relationships, including the negotiation of safe sex practices. Such research would have direct relevance for prevention programs relevant to HIV/AIDS.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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