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Topic-relevant cognition and empathic accuracy in laboratory discussions of safer sex

Ann Buysse (UGent) and W Ickes
(1999) PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH. 14(2). p.351-366
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The present study sought to identify some of the mechanisms that make safer sex such a difficult topic to talk about, Fifty six dating couples participated in a laboratory study in which the opposite-sex members of two pairs of couples engaged in two discussions of safer sex (or a control topic), each time with a different opposite-sex partner (their own dating partner or an opposite-sex stranger). The results indicated that discussions of safer sex evoke in dating partners a high level of perceived goal-incompatibility, difficulty maintaining one's focus on the topic, and difficulty in reading the other partner's thoughts and feelings. These reactions did not occur in response to the control topic. This initial demonstration study is important with respect to the processes it implicates, but further clarification is needed regarding the specific real-life conditions in which these processes do, and do not, occur.
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CONDOM USE, NATURALISTIC SOCIAL COGNITION, INTENTIONS, ATTITUDES, BELIEFS, MODEL, AIDS, ADOLESCENTS, PREDICTION, BEHAVIOR

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Buysse, Ann, and W Ickes. 1999. “Topic-relevant Cognition and Empathic Accuracy in Laboratory Discussions of Safer Sex.” Psychology & Health 14 (2): 351–366.
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Buysse, Ann, & Ickes, W. (1999). Topic-relevant cognition and empathic accuracy in laboratory discussions of safer sex. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 14(2), 351–366.
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Buysse A, Ickes W. Topic-relevant cognition and empathic accuracy in laboratory discussions of safer sex. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH. 1999;14(2):351–66.
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Buysse, Ann, and W Ickes. “Topic-relevant Cognition and Empathic Accuracy in Laboratory Discussions of Safer Sex.” PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH 14.2 (1999): 351–366. Print.
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  abstract     = {The present study sought to identify some of the mechanisms that make safer sex such a difficult topic to talk about, Fifty six dating couples participated in a laboratory study in which the opposite-sex members of two pairs of couples engaged in two discussions of safer sex (or a control topic), each time with a different opposite-sex partner (their own dating partner or an opposite-sex stranger). The results indicated that discussions of safer sex evoke in dating partners a high level of perceived goal-incompatibility, difficulty maintaining one's focus on the topic, and difficulty in reading the other partner's thoughts and feelings. These reactions did not occur in response to the control topic. This initial demonstration study is important with respect to the processes it implicates, but further clarification is needed regarding the specific real-life conditions in which these processes do, and do not, occur.},
  author       = {Buysse, Ann and Ickes, W},
  issn         = {0887-0446},
  journal      = {PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH},
  keywords     = {CONDOM USE,NATURALISTIC SOCIAL COGNITION,INTENTIONS,ATTITUDES,BELIEFS,MODEL,AIDS,ADOLESCENTS,PREDICTION,BEHAVIOR},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {351--366},
  title        = {Topic-relevant cognition and empathic accuracy in laboratory discussions of safer sex},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08870449908407333},
  volume       = {14},
  year         = {1999},
}

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