Frequency of Condom Use in a Sample of African American College Women and Its Relationship to HIV/AIDS-Related Attitudes

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Title: Frequency of Condom Use in a Sample of African American College Women and Its Relationship to HIV/AIDS-Related Attitudes
Author: Olabode-Dada, Olusola M.
Advisors: Rupert Nacoste, PhD, Committee Member
Frank Smith, PhD, Committee Member
Craig C. Brookins, PhD, Committee Chair
Abstract: This study examined the relationships between HIV/AIDS knowledge, perceived risk and stigmatization, self-efficacy for using condoms, religiosity, and frequency of condom use in a sample of 154 African American college women. Four research questions were proposed: Do participants who engage in greater stigmatizing of PLWHA (people living with HIV/AIDS) participate in less condom usage; is greater HIV/AIDS knowledge positively related to frequency of condom use; does condom self-efficacy act as a mediator between stigmatizing of PLWHA and frequency of condom use; and, does perceived risk for HIV/AIDS act as a mediator between HIV/AIDS knowledge and frequency of condom use. The results showed that none of the three stigma dimensions reported significant correlations with frequency of condom use. Overall, no significant correlations were found between frequency of condom use and any of the other variables (i.e., HIV/AIDS knowledge, and perceived risk), except for condom self-efficacy. A positive correlation was found between condom self-efficacy and frequency of condom use among casual partners (.706, p < .005), and a regression analysis indicated that condom self-efficacy was a significant predictor of frequency of condom use among casual partners (F = 11.91, p < .005). However, neither condom self-efficacy nor perceived risk for HIV/AIDS acted as mediators between the two identified independent variables. The implications of these findings for preventative interventions focusing on HIV/AIDS-related behavior change are discussed.
Date: 2006-04-27
Degree: MS
Discipline: Psychology
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/2818


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