Condoms are a time-honored and reliable method of protection against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
However, their use, and thus their effectiveness, is determined by individual behavior.
The purpose of this paper is to report attitudes and salient beliefs related to condom use in a sample of adult women.
The study used Ajzen and Fishbein's Theory of Planned Behavior to identify modal, salient beliefs regarding condom acquisition and use as intentional behaviors.
The study sample consisted of 58 community women who reported using condoms for contraceptive purposes within the last five years.
In face-to-face, audiotaped interviews, open-ended questions were used to solicit beliefs regarding condom acquisition and use.
All subject narratives were content-analyzed for recurrent themes.
Women cited accessibility and effectiveness in preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases as both advantages and as factors contributing to the ease of acquisition and use.
Disadvantages and factors that might deter condom acquisition and use included embarrassment, objections by male partner, and effect on spontaneity.
Overall, subjects exhibited accurate knowledge regarding the benefits of condom acquisition and use.
However, it is possible that expressed negative beliefs could take precedence in decision-making and reduce the probability of consistent condom use.
Mots-clés Pascal : Femme, Utilisation, Acquisition, Condom, Croyance, Attitude, Comportement, Prise décision, Prévention, Etats Unis, Homme, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Woman, Use, Acquisition, Condom, Belief, Attitude, Behavior, Decision making, Prevention, United States, Human, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0552536
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 01/03/1996.