College students and condom attitude: Validation of the multi-factor attitude toward condoms scale (MFACS)

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

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Abstract

Objective: Sexually transmitted infections and the human immunodeficiency virus incidence rates remain high among college-aged individuals. This study examined the validity and reliability of the Multi-Factor Attitude toward Condoms Scale (MFACS). Participants: Participants were recruited from a large midwestern university during February and March 2009. Methods: Data were collected using in-class data collection with a test-retest design from undergraduate courses. A total of 442 surveys were collected during initial testing and 421 during retesting. Results: Reliability assessments indicated a sufficient Cronbach's alpha for the total scale (α =.805) and each subscale: affective (α =.790), perceived effectiveness (α =.795), and manageability (α =.751). Further analyses provide evidence of construct validity. Conclusions: The study reaffirmed the psychometric properties of the MFACS among a sample of college students. The MFACS provides a contemporary way to examine condom attitudes as sexual health research is moving beyond only disease prevention efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)708-714
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume59
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2011

Keywords

  • condom attitude scale
  • health education
  • psychometrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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