Dispositional risk-taking in sexual activity in adolescents: the role of internal models of attachment, attachment relationships with parents and peers and difficulties in emotional regulation.

  • Javier Gómez-Zapiaín Universidad del País Vasco
  • María José Ortiz Barón Universidad del País Vasco
  • Amaia Eceiza Camarero Universidad del País Vasco
Keywords: Attachment, adolescence, sexual behavior, emotional regulation, risk-taking behaviors


The aim of this study is to analyze the relationship between risk-taking in sexual relationships and affective-emotional variables such as attachment to mother, father, peers, attachment styles and difficulties in emotional regulation capacity in adolescence. 1911 adolescent students of both sexes between 15 and 20 years of age participated.  Results indicate that attachment security is inversely related to risk-taking in sexual relationships. Less risk-taking is associated with attachment to mother and peers in sexually inactive adolescents while in the sexually active with the capacity for emotional regulation. Differences were found in gender and attachment categories and among sexually active and inactive adolescents.

Author Biography

Javier Gómez-Zapiaín, Universidad del País Vasco

Universidad del País Vasco

Departamento de Personalidad, Evaluación y Tratamiento Psicológico


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How to Cite
Gómez-Zapiaín, J., Ortiz Barón, M. J., & Eceiza Camarero, A. (2016). Dispositional risk-taking in sexual activity in adolescents: the role of internal models of attachment, attachment relationships with parents and peers and difficulties in emotional regulation. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 32(3), 899-906. https://doi.org/10.6018/analesps.32.3.221691
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