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Definitions of risky vaginal intercourses and self-efficacy: important for promoting condom use

Definitions of risky vaginal intercourses and self-efficacy: important for promoting condom use

289 Chinese college students (151 males and 138 females) were surveyed. Their sexual status and prior condom usage were also considered. The measurement scales showed satisfactory internal consistency reliabilities, with the coefficients ranging from .67 to .83. Results from correlation analysis showed that students’ intentions to use condoms in the future (1) were positively correlated with self-efficacy, perceived risks of unprotected sex, and definitions of risky vaginal intercourse for sex with regular partners; (2) were positively correlated with self-efficacy, prior condom usage, and definitions of risky vaginal intercourse for sex with casual partners.

Results from regression analyses showed that students’ intentions to use condoms in the future (1) were best explained by definitions of risky vaginal intercourse for sex with regular partners; (2) were best explained by self-efficacy, prior condom usage, and definitions of risky vaginal intercourse for sex with casual partners. These findings imply that targeting at how Chinese college students define risky vaginal intercourses and how they feel about their abilities to use condoms might be important in sexual health programs for more effective promotion of safer sex.

Speakers: Neil and Dwain
Conference: Demo