A psychometric assessment of the multi-factor attitude toward condoms scale (MFACS)

Michael Reece, Debby Herbenick, Ariane V. Hollub, Devon J. Hensel, Susan E. Middlestadt

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Scales assessing attitude toward condoms typically focus on their use for a specific context or outcome (sexually transmitted diseases/HIV prevention or pregnancy prevention) and not the characteristics of a condom itself. To assess the psychometrics of the Multi-Factor Attitude toward Condoms Scale, data from 1,832 U.S. men were analyzed. Internal consistency was acceptable (α = .816) with three factors accounting for 61.44% of the variance (affective, perceived effectiveness, and manageability). Additional validity assessments demonstrated construct validity for this new attitude toward condoms scale that focuses on the properties of the condom and not a specific behavioral or outcome-focused context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-129
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010


  • Attitudes
  • Condoms
  • HIV
  • Psychometrics sexual health
  • STI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Gender Studies
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Dermatology

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