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Concordance between monetary and sexual delay discounting in men who have sex with men

Jeb Jones , Jodie Guest , Patrick Sullivan , Michael Kramer , Samuel Jenness , Jessica Sales

Abstract

Delay discounting has been found to be associated with numerous health-related outcomes, including risky sexual behavior. To date, it is unclear whether delay discounting measured in different domains is associated within individuals. The goal of this study was to assess the concordance of monetary and sexual delay discounting in men who have sex with men. Participants completed an online survey, including the Monetary Choice Questionnaire and the Sexual Discounting Task. Linear regression models were used to assess the association between monetary and sexual discount rates. Sexual discount rates did not predict monetary discount rates. There was a substantial amount of clustering of sexual discount rates, requiring sexual discounting data to be categorized. Monetary and sexual delay discounting are distinct processes that are not necessarily associated within individuals and monetary delay discounting is not an appropriate proxy measure for sexual impulsivity. Data from the Sexual Discounting Task are typically rank-transformed for analysis. These data suggest that might be an invalid method of analysis. Future studies should investigate the distribution of their data to determine if it is appropriate to analyze sexual discounting data as a continuous measure.

SH17111  Accepted 15 September 2017

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