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dc.contributor.authorPeterson, C.en_US
dc.contributor.authorTroth, Ashleaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-04T17:59:00Z
dc.date.available2017-04-04T17:59:00Z
dc.date.issued2000en_US
dc.date.modified2010-07-26T06:50:37Z
dc.identifier.issn10410236en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1207/S15327027HC1202_5en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/3374
dc.description.abstractThis study explored some of the antecedents and consequences of young adults' beliefs about safe-sex communication in their early couple relationships. The sample consisted of 237 unmarried, heterosexual Australian university students, 16 to 19 years of age, approximately evenly divided between virgins and those with sexual experience. Drawing on a model of couple sexual communication as the product of prior experiences with communication, assertion, and conflict resolution in the family of origin, we examined links between these variables and respondents' attitudes and practices of safe-sex discussion and condom use with their dating partners. The results showed that women and nonvirgin men had more positive attitudes toward safe-sex communication than male virgins had. Difficulties with self-assertion outside of the sexual context and mothers' and fathers' use of avoidance as a conflict resolution strategy were negatively correlated with willingness to discuss safe sex, whereas mothers' more frequent safe-sex education was a positive predictor. The results of a hierarchical multiple regression analysis indicated that assertion, paternal conflict avoidance, and male gender were independent predictors of reluctance to negotiate for safer sex. At a behavioral level, positive attitudes to safe-sex discussion predicted having talked about AIDS and condoms with a dating partner as well as actual condom use by the subsample of daters who had experienced sexual intercourse. Implications for improving family and couple communication and for sex education were considered.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherLawrence Erlbaum Associatesen_US
dc.publisher.placeUSAen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom195en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto218en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue2en_AU
dc.relation.ispartofjournalHealth Communicationen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume12en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode410000en_US
dc.titleFactors predicting safe-sex talk and condom use in early sexual relationshipsen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Business School, Dept of Employment Relations and Human Resourcesen_US
gro.date.issued2000
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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