Health beliefs and teenage condom use: A prospective study

Abraham, Charles and Sheeran, Paschal and Abrams, Dominic and Spears, Russell (1996) Health beliefs and teenage condom use: A prospective study. Psychology & Health, 11 (5). pp. 641-655. ISSN 0887-0446. (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

Results from a longitudinal survey of sexual behaviour and HIV-relevant cognitions amongst 258 sexually-active adolescents are reported. Demographic characteristics, previous sexual experience, prior condom use, beliefs specified by the health belief model (I-IBM), peer norms regarding condom use and condom use intentions were measured using a confidential postal questionnaire. Measures of sexual behaviour and condom use consistency were included in a follow-up questionnaire one year later. A discriminant analysis revealed that demographic and HEM measures did not predict reported sexual activity over the study year. Path analysis revealed that intentions and HEM measures did not account for significant proportions of variance in consistency of condom use or mediate the effects of prior sexual experience or demographic measures; Those reporting more frequent sexual intercourse were less likely to use condoms consistently while those who had used condoms previously reported more consistent use. Gender differences suggested that young women's good intentions were less likely to be translated into subsequent, consistent condom use. Theoretical and applied in;plications are considered.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: HIV; AIDS; health beliefs; adolescents; condom use
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: M.A. Ziai
Date Deposited: 17 May 2009 10:17
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 11:05
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/18778 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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