This study evaluated predictors of risky and safer behavior in a sample of low-income African American adolescents, assessed their perceptions of the risk associated with their sexual behavior, and examined differences between adolescents who used condoms consistently, inconsistently, or engaged only in unprotected intercourse.
African American adolescents (N=312) completed measures related to AIDS knowledge, frequency of condom use, attitudes toward condoms, and sexual behavior over the preceding 2 months.
Multiple regression analyses for the sexually active youths (N=114) revealed that lower self-efficacy, higher perceived risk, and male gender were associated with high-risk behavior.
Positive attitudes toward condoms and younger age had the strongest association with condom use.
Consistent condom users were more knowledgeable and held more positive attitudes toward condoms, and nonusers were older.
Regardless of their behavior, the adolescents generally did not perceive themselves to be at risk for HIV infection.
The findings suggest that precautionary practices (condom use) and high-risk behavior (unprotected sex with multiple partners) may have different correlates.
In addition, the data indicate that theoretical models developed with homosexual male populations may also be generalizable to African American adolescents'sexual behavior.
Mots-clés Pascal : Comportement sexuel, Prise risque, SIDA, Virose, Infection, Utilisation, Condom, Prévention, Adolescent, Homme, Ethnie, Noir américain, Pauvreté, Connaissance, Attitude, Epidémiologie, Autoperception, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Sexual behavior, Risk taking, AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Use, Condom, Prevention, Adolescent, Human, Ethnic group, Black American, Poverty, Knowledge, Attitude, Epidemiology, Self perception, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0164712
Code Inist : 002B30A03C. Création : 21/05/1997.