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Consistent condom use among juvenile detainees: the role of individual differences, social bonding, and health beliefs. AIDS Behav 2008 Jan;12(1):59-67

Date

06/21/2007

Pubmed ID

17578661

DOI

10.1007/s10461-007-9260-5

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-38449083205   20 Citations

Abstract

This study takes the perspective that condom use may be a non-continuous variable, and that the endpoint of consistent condom use is an important focus of study both in terms of public health considerations and theoretically. As consistent condom use is the ultimate goal for prevention of the spread of HIV and STDs among those who are sexually active, special attention needs to be paid to those who have accomplished that goal, especially among high-risk populations. Guided by theories of resiliency, and using consistent condom use as a marker of the broader sexual health resiliency construct, condom promotive factors are used to predict consistent condom use among detained adolescents. Consistent condom users appear to be a distinct sub-population. Likely to be male, they are also likely to have higher self-esteem, higher optimism, and lower sensation seeking and impulsive decision making. They are likely to be in school and to live with both biological parents. Finally, they are likely to have positive attitudes towards condoms and report having friends and peers who feel the same way.

Author List

Broaddus MR, Bryan A

Author

Michelle R. Broaddus PhD Associate Professor in the Psychiatry department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Adolescent
Adolescent Behavior
Attitude to Health
Computers
Condoms
Female
HIV Infections
Humans
Individuality
Interviews as Topic
Juvenile Delinquency
Male
Self Disclosure
Social Conformity