Levels of commitment to the relationship while it was in existence also served as predictors of rebound sex involvement. Those with lower commitment to the relationship got involved in rebound sex more readily, but for them the sex was not a way to help them cope. Considering all factors together, the highest continuous rates through the study for rebound sex were among the people highest on these four motives: Barber and Cooper also point out that whether rebound sex is healthy or not remains a debatable point. Copyright Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph. In the first place, the partners left behind were initially angrier and more distressed, using rebound sex as a coping strategy. Individuals on the rebound use sex to cope with feelings of distress, anger, insecurity, and self-doubt. When those involve sex , especially casual hookups , the impact actually may be to magnify the extent of the loss. As a result, the investigators could examine up to 8 months of feelings of distress, low self-worth, and patterns of rebound sex. They are also being placed under a pressure-cooker in which the factors impacting their social lives are perhaps more intense than at any other point in adulthood. Archives Of Sexual Behavior, 43 2 , Students in their first few months of college are going through a whole host of changes, not only in their relationships, but in their identities in general. Of the two-thirds of the sample who had sex following a breakup, more than half fit the criterion of having rebound sex since it was not with an ex or the ex-partner. Barber and Cooper's investigation paves the way for gaining insight into this often experienced but little understood aspect of sexual behavior. On the other hand, rebound sex serves as a way to cope with the pain of being left and might facilitate the recovery process, at least in the short term. On the positive side, the longitudinal nature of the study made it possible to observe changes over time rather than, as in much relationship research, examining reports obtained on one occasion.