TITLE

Cognitive and demographic factors that predict self-efficacy to use condoms in vulnerable and marginalized aboriginal youth

AUTHOR(S)
Shercllife, Regan J.; Hampton, Mary; McKay-McNabb, Kim; Jeffery, Bonnie; Beattie, Pamela; McWatters, Barb
PUB. DATE
March 2007
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2007, Vol. 16 Issue 1/2, p45
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Evidence suggests that Aborignal youth are at higher risk for sexual health problems, including HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI), than are non-Aboriginal youth. Given that condom use is effective in preventing HIV/STI and that self-efficacy is predictive of condom use, it is noteworthy that there is so little research on self-efficacy to use condoms in Aboriginal youth. This study employed a community action research strategy to examine the relationship between a set of cognitive and demographic variables and self-efficacy to use condoms in a sample of vulnerable and marginalized Aboriginal youth (N = 68). We found that those individuals who reported having sex at a later age and who scored higher on a measure of assertive communication reported higher levels of self-efficacy to use condoms. Suggestions concerning how these results could be incorporated in education programs are discussed.
ACCESSION #
26906586

 

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