Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 1992 Sep;26(3):399-407. Unique Identifier :
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.
*Health Behavior Human HIV Infections/PREVENTION &
CONTROL/*PSYCHOLOGY/TRANSMISSION Interpersonal Relations Knowledge,
Attitudes, Practice *Object Attachment *Risk-Taking *Sex Behavior
Sick Role JOURNAL ARTICLE REVIEW REVIEW, TUTORIAL