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Project Risk

Risk-taking and protective behaviours at the start of adulthood in areas of sexuality, substance use, and sporting activities.

Researcher responsible for the project: Marie-Aude Boislard, Ph.D. sexology department, Université du Québec à Montréal P.O. Box 8888, Succ. Centre-ville, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3C 3P8 boislard-pepin.marie-aude@uqam.ca 514-987-3000, ext. 4505

Co-researchers: Joanne Otis, Ph.D., Université du Québec à Montréal; Jean-Sébastien Fallu, Ph.D., Université de Montréal; Linda Paquette, Ph.D., Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Collaborator: Mathieu Philibert, Ph.D., sexology department, Université du Québec à Montréal

The general objective of this research is to better understand risk behaviours among young adults and the strategies used to reduce these risks in their sexual, social and sporting activities. This project aims to describe the links between risk-taking, protective behaviours, and several characteristics of adults aged 18-25. Its main objectives are to:

  • Describe the differences between young adults, in terms of risk and protective behaviours in their sexual, social and sporting activities (ex: frequency, diversity).
  • Understand the links between the frequency, number, and diversity of risk behaviours and certain characteristics such as impulsiveness, sensation-seeking, self-regulation and self-esteem.
  • Examine the role of protective behaviours in the relationship between risk behaviours and physical and psychological health.

This research project is financed by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).

The Risk Project is financed by the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC), Établissement de nouveaux professeurs-chercheurs.