TITLE

Predictors of stigma and shame related to sexually transmitted infections: Attitudes, education, and knowledge

AUTHOR(S)
Foster, Lyndsay R.; Byers, E. Sandra
PUB. DATE
September 2008
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2008, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p193
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The stigma and shame associated with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have been identified as barriers to the STI care-seeking process and as contributors to negative psychosocial experiences in response to a STI diagnosis. However, little is known about factors associated with STI- related stigma and STI-related shame. This study of 125 female and 93 male university students examined these associations for factors that included: sexual conservatism, social conservatism, STI knowledge, and perceptions of school-based and home-based STI-related sexual health education. Individuals who scored higher on authoritarianism and sexual conservatism, and who did not have a personal acquaintance with someone who had ever had a STI had higher scores on STI-related stigma over and above the effect of other predictors. Sexual conservatism and dissatisfaction with school- based sexual health education were uniquely associated with higher STI-related shame. STI knowledge and home-based sexual health education were not uniquely associated with either STI-related stigma or shame. The results highlight the importance of social and sexual attitudes for understanding STI- related stigma and shame.
ACCESSION #
37356746

 

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