Condom Use Assertiveness and the Stages of Change With Main and Other Partners

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A measure assessing an individual's ability to assert the use of condoms was developed using, N= 248, heterosexually active college men and women. Both principal component analysis (PCA) and structural equation modeling (SEM) procedures were performed. External validity for the assertion for condom use measure was established by integrating the measure with the stages of change dimension from the transtheoretical model of behavior change. The transtheoretical model posits that both the cessation of high‐risk behaviors and the acquisition of health behaviors involve the progression through five stages of change: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance. The results indicated that individuals were further along in the stages of change for using condoms with a casual partner, as compared to a steady partner. The degree to which assertive condom use behavior was engaged in was related to an individual's stage of readiness for using condoms with the two types of partners. The utility of stage‐matched intervention strategies, as opposed to the action‐oriented approaches to modify high‐risk sexual behavior, is discussed. Copyright © 1993, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

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Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research