Sex Research and Federal Funding
The Kinsey Institute's sponsored workshop on "Methodologies in Reproductive Psychophysiology" and a research grant to study "Mechanisms Influencing Sexual Risk Taking" came under attack by some members of Congress in 2003. They objected to federal funds being used to study sexual behavior, citing the "underfunding" of other health issues, such as autism.
Later in the summer, the Coalition to Protect Research was formed to respond to the misinformation and attacks on sex research.
The Amendment to the House Appropriations Bill, July 2003
Representative Pat Toomey (R-Pa) proposed an amendment to the House Appropriations Bill that would have withdrawn funding of 5 grants from the National Institutes of Health, including a Kinsey Institute grant on sexual risk taking.
Psychological Association reported that "the amendment offered
by Rep. Patrick Toomey (R-15-PA) to defund five NIH grants was defeated
(212 to 210) with fellow
Overview of Research project:
Public health relevance
A new and easy-to-use questionnaire has been developed that can be used to identify and target relevant populations in the context of risk prevention and intervention programs. Specifically, it will help identify people who are most likely to engage in risk behaviors because of mood or emotional effects.
This questionnaire also could assist in identifying younger adults who are not yet engaging in problematic behavior, but are at risk of doing so in the future. If response profiles that predict such behavior can be identified, it may be possible to identify 'at risk' individuals. This would lend itself to programs in educational and health settings, on the Internet, and in other relevant materials.
The findings may play a crucial role in designing appropriate one-on-one interventions. For example, individuals who take sexual risks when depressed, or who use sex as a form of emotional regulation, could be guided through a behavioral analysis of the relationship between mood and sexual behavior to confront the pattern and focus motivation for change. A cognitive-behavioral approach could then be used to develop and maintain alternative methods of mood regulation to control the problematic sexual behavior.
Funding: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
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