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J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2002 Mar-Apr;13(2):59-69.

Predicting intentions and condom use among Latino college students.

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  • 1Center for Urban Health Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, USA.

Abstract

To understand the factors that predict Latinos' risk-associated behavior, this study examined whether favorable beliefs about condoms and select moderator variables are related to stronger intentions to use condoms and more reported condom use at most recent vaginal and anal intercourse among Latino college students. Latino students who attended a public university in the northeast United States were mailed a paper-and-pencil questionnaire. Results from completed questionnaires (n = 199) indicated that students who perceived greater partner approval of condom use, perceived greater peer approval of condom use, and expressed confidence in their ability to control themselves reported stronger intentions to used condoms. Perceived partner approval and impulse control was related to self-reported condom use at most recent vaginal intercourse, impulse control was related to self-reported condom use at most recent vaginal intercourse, and impulse control was related to self-reported condom use at most recent anal intercourse. These relations did not significantly differ by Hispanic ethnicity, religiosity, gender, or age. Results suggest that normative beliefs and control beliefs regarding impulse control may be especially salient in both predicting and changing condom use behavior and should be incorporated into nursing assessments and tailored interventions.

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