Peterson, Yasenka; Gabany, Steve G.
January 2001
American Journal of Health Studies;2001, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p15
Academic Journal
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to better understand the psychometric properties of the National Institute of Mental Health's Multi-Site Condom Use Self-Efficacy Scale by testingit on college students. The scale was developed to measure degree of confidence in condom use and it was initially tested for use among a geographically diverse population of patients who visited sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics. In the present study, students who visited the student health center at a Midwest university were recruited to participate. Cronbach s alpha was found to be .94 for the scale. Six factors emerged from the factor analysis. Reliability coefficients for the sub-factors ranged from .81 to. 94. Results of an independent t-test showed that students with higher degree of self-efficacy were more likely to use condoms consistently. These preliminary results suggest that the instrument may be sufficiently valid and reliable for use among college students.


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