Partner-specific relationship characteristics and condom use among young people with sexually transmitted diseases

Barry Katz, J. Fortenberry, Gregory Zimet, M. J. Blythe, D. P. Orr

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Abstract

This study describes associations of partner-specific relationship characteristics with consistent condom use among 297 young people (ages 13-24) with sexually transmitted diseases (STD). Relationship-specific variables were relationship quality, reasons for sex, relationship duration, duration of sexual relationship, coital frequency, 'established' versus 'new' sexual partner, cohabitation, children, sexual coercion, and drug or alcohol use associated with coitus. Relationship characteristics associated with consistent condom use included lower relationship quality, lower emotional reasons for sex, lower coital frequency, sex with a new partner, noncohabitation, and not having a child with the partner. Controlling for sociodemographic variables, factors exhibiting independent associations with consistent condom use were lower relationship quality, lower coital frequency, and not having a child with the partner. While condom use with potentially high risk new partners is important, other types of relationships are also risky but associated with lower likelihood of consistent condom use. Better understanding of complex relationship characteristics is necessary to improve STD intervention programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-75
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Sex Research
Volume37
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000

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