Gender differences in condom use behavior? The role of power and partner-type

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Abstract

The primary goal of this study was to experimentally investigate the theory of gender and power (Wingood and DiClemente, Health Education and Behavior 27:539-565, 2000) in order to better understand gender differences in condom use behavior. The influence of relationship power (equal or low), partner-type (serious or casual), and gender on difficulty implementing condom use was explored using experimental vignettes. Heterosexual, sexually active, undergraduate students from a private university in the United States (N∈=∈203) indicated how "difficult" it would be to implement condom use in a variety of situations. Results revealed a significant main effect for power and partner-type, qualified by a significant three-way interaction. The consistency of these findings with the predictions of the theory and methodological limitations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)689-701
Number of pages13
JournalSex Roles
Volume58
Issue number9-10
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2008

Keywords

  • Condom
  • Gender
  • Partner-type
  • Power
  • Sex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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