A theory-based approach to understanding condom errors and problems reported by men attending an STI clinic

Richard A. Crosby, Laura F. Salazar, William L. Yarber, Stephanie A. Sanders, Cynthia A. Graham, Sara Head, Janet N. Arno

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Abstract

We employed the information-motivation-behavioral skills (IMB) model to guide an investigation of correlates for correct condom use among 278 adult (18-35 years old) male clients attending a sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic. An anonymous questionnaire aided by a CD-recording of the questions was administered. Linear Structural Relations Program was used to conduct path analyses of the hypothesized IMB model. Parameter estimates showed that while information did not directly affect behavioral skills, it did have a direct (negative) effect on condom use errors. Motivation had a significant direct (positive) effect on behavioral skills and a significant indirect (positive) effect on condom use errors through behavioral skills. Behavioral skills had a direct (negative) effect on condom use errors. Among men attending a public STI clinic, these findings suggest brief, clinic-based, safer sex programs for men who have sex with women should incorporate activities to convey correct condom use information, instill motivation to use condoms correctly, and directly enhance men's behavioral skills for correct use of condoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)412-418
Number of pages7
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2008

Keywords

  • Condoms
  • Men
  • Prevention
  • Sexual behavior
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Crosby, R. A., Salazar, L. F., Yarber, W. L., Sanders, S. A., Graham, C. A., Head, S., & Arno, J. N. (2008). A theory-based approach to understanding condom errors and problems reported by men attending an STI clinic. AIDS and Behavior, 12(3), 412-418. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-007-9264-1