Date of Award
Master of Science
Black women are disproportionately affected by HIV. Understanding how sociocultural factors and beliefs contribute to Black women's risky sexual behavior is critical in understanding this health disparity. This study investigated the mediating influence of silencing the self (i.e., putting the needs and wants of a romantic partner before one's own needs) on the relationship between risky sexual behaviors and self-esteem, gender role beliefs, and gender ratio imbalance beliefs and behaviors (GRIBBs) in Black female college students. Participants included 99 female undergraduate students enrolled at a regional Mid-South University. Results demonstrated that risky sexual behavior was not significantly associated wtih the hypothesized variables. Higher scores on silencing the self was significantly associated with lower self-esteem (b =-1.42, p < .001) and higher GRIBBS (b = .82, p > .001). The results suggest that silencing the self can still adversely impact Black women, despite its non-significant relationship with risky sex.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Hardin, Robin Nicole, "Exploring the Relationship between Silencing the Self and Risky Sexual Behavior in Black Women" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1762.