General and sexual communication in established relationships: An exploration of possible links to condom use among young adults

Boyle, Andrea M.; O'Sullivan, Lucia F.
March 2010
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2010, Vol. 19 Issue 1/2, p53
Academic Journal
Rates of consistent condom use are typically low among young adults in established relationships. This exploratory investigation examines how young adults in relationships characterize their communication styles with their current partners. Communication difficulty within the relationship, including sexual communication, was further explored for associations with condom use. Thirty-two women and 22 men (18-24 years) tracked their condom use over a three-week period using daily diaries. Diary data subsequently were linked to reports of communication difficulties that emerged from analyses of the qualitative interview data addressing relationship communication. We found that those who reported some difficulty in communication practiced condom use more consistently than those who did not report such difficulties. No. statistically significant differences were found for those who reported difficulty communicating about sex-related issues compared to those who reported feeling at ease discussing such issues. Results have implications for interventions promoting safer sex among young adults.


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