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Condom use with a casual partner: what distinguishes college students' use when intoxicated?

Abbey, A.; Parkhill, M.R.; Buck, P.O.; Saenz, C.

Psychology of addictive behaviors journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors 21(1): 76-83


ISSN/ISBN: 0893-164X
PMID: 17385957
DOI: 10.1037/0893-164x.21.1.76
Accession: 052288526

Determining alcohol's precise role in sexual risk taking has proven to be an elusive goal. Past research has produced mixed results, depending on characteristics of individuals, their partners, and the situation, as well as how the link between alcohol consumption and sexual behavior was assessed. In this study, cross-sectional predictors of the frequency of condom use were examined for 298 heterosexual college students at a large urban university. In hierarchical multiple regression analyses that controlled for frequency of condom use when sober, alcohol expectancies regarding sexual risk taking and self-efficacy regarding condom use when intoxicated were significant predictors of frequency of condom use when intoxicated. These findings highlight the importance of targeting beliefs about alcohol's disinhibiting effects in STD- and HIV-prevention programs.

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