Partner dependence and sexual risk behavior among STI clinic patients

Theresa E. Senn, Michael P. Carey, Peter A. Vanable, Patricia Coury-Doniger

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Objectives: To investigate the relation between partner dependence and sexual risk behavior in the context of the informationmotivation- behavioral skills (IMB) model. Methods: STI clinic patients v(n=1432) completed a computerized interview assessing partner dependence, condom use, and IMB variables. Results: Men had higher partner-dependence scores than women did. Patients reporting greater dependence reported less condom use. Gender did not moderate the partner dependence- condom-use relationship. Partner dependence did not moderate the relation between IMB constructs and condom use. Conclusions: Further research is needed to determine how partner dependence can be incorporated into conceptual models of safer sex behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-266
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010


  • HIV
  • Partner dependence
  • Power
  • Sexual risk behavior
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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