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Condom use in African adolescents: The role of individual and group factors

Giles, Melanie, Liddell, C and Bydawell, M (2005) Condom use in African adolescents: The role of individual and group factors. AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-medical aspects of AIDS/HIV, 17 (6). pp. 729-739. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1080/09540120500038181


This study set out to assess the ability of the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) to predict and explain condom use in a traditional African context and in particular to assess the relative contributions of individual and normative constructs. A questionnaire survey was administered to 152 young adults (48% male, 52% female) at two points in time. Key constructs contained within the TPB were measured at Time 1. A short follow-up set of items was administered one week later at Time 2, thereby allowing for the measurement of actual behaviour. The results not only provide strong support for the predictive power of the TPB, since 67% of the variance in intention was explained, but also highlight the extent to which sexual behaviour in a rural location is governed by family/social influences. Subjective norm not only proved to be one of the most significant elements of the TPB model, together with self-efficacy ( neither attitude nor perceived control were significantly involved), but `my family' emerged as the most significant other. As such, the findings offer empirical evidence to support interventions that penetrate community networks.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute > Peace, Conflict and Equality
Psychology Research Institute > Health, Education and Well-being
Psychology Research Institute
ID Code:1549
Deposited By: Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:23 Dec 2009 09:15
Last Modified:14 Aug 2015 13:18

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