Using the Theory of Reasoned Action to Predict Condomless Sex Among Emerging Adult Women in a University Setting
Reed, Nicole Domonique
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The purpose of this study was to use the Theory of Reasoned Action as grounded methodology to explore the influences of condomless sex in emerging adult women (18-24-years old). Overall, 478 participants who attend a public land-grant institution in Oklahoma fully completed the study and 286 met the inclusion criteria. Main topics addressed within the study were attitudes towards condom use, condom self-efficacy, self-esteem, sexual double-standards, and substance use. The results of this study indicated self-efficacy and attitudes towards condom use were of statistical significance in predicting condom use intention. Participants overall had a high level of personal condom self-efficacy but lower overall attitudes towards condoms in general. Implications of this study, as well as directions for future research, are discussed.
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