TITLE

THE ROLE OF COGNITIVE AVOIDANCE OF STIs FOR DISCUSSING SAFER SEX PRACTICES AND FOR CONDOM USE CONSISTENCY

AUTHOR(S)
Klein, Rupert; Knäuper, Bärbel
PUB. DATE
September 2003
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2003, Vol. 12 Issue 3/4, p137
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The present research investigates the determinants of the cognitive tendency to avoid thoughts about sexually transmitted infection (STI) and examines the association of this tendency with willingness to engage in discussions of safer sexual practices and with condom use consistency. Findings from two questionnaire-based studies are presented. The first study, with 71 female university students, found that women with low sexual self-efficacy, low assertiveness toward discussing safer sex practices and lower knowledge about STIs had a higher tendency to avoid STI-related thoughts. Moreover, the higher the women's tendency to avoid STI thoughts the less willing they were to engage in discussions of safer sex practices. The second study, comprised of 26 female and 16 male university students, investigated the association of mental representations of condoms and STI thought avoidance with consistency of condom use. Results indicated that certain mental representations of condoms as well as cognitive avoidance were associated with condom use consistency and that the associations differed for men and women.
ACCESSION #
13918638

 

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