Murray State Theses and Dissertations


This study examines the relationship between sexual regret and shame, guilt, and embarrassment in college students. Specifically, the current study examined which emotion (shame, guilt, or embarrassment) was the biggest predictor of sexual regret through an online survey. The results showed that shame, guilt, and embarrassment were all highly correlated. However, the relationships between regret and guilt and shame were more powerful than the relationship between regret and embarrassment. The findings were unable to distinguish which emotion (e.g. shame, guilt, embarrassment) was the greater predictor of regret. However further support is provided that shows shame, guilt, embarrassment, and regret are all highly correlated.

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Author's Keywords

regret, shame, guilt, embarrassment

Thesis Advisor

Jana Hackathorn

Committee Member

Laura Liljequist

Committee Member

Patrick Cushen

Committee Member

Diane Nititham

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