Changes in adolescent males' use of and attitudes toward condoms, 1988- 1991

J. H. Pleck, F. L. Sonenstein, L. Ku

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Data from more than 1,000 sexually active young males interviewed in 1988 for the National Survey of Adolescent Males at ages 15-19 and reinterviewed in 1990-1991 at ages 17-22 show that as the respondents grew older, their condom use declined. Although respondents' attitudes about the effects of condoms on pregnancy risk, partner appreciation, sexual pleasure and embarrassment became more favorable toward condom use over time, their degree of worry about AIDS and their perceived likelihood of getting AIDS declined. When data on males aged 17.5-19 in each time period were contrasted, the level of condom use was found to be essentially constant. Several condom- related attitudes among this age-group had become more favorable, although their perceived risk of acquiring AIDS had diminished. Multivariate analyses revealed that decreased worry about AIDS and increased denial of the seriousness of AIDS were modestly associated with a decline in condom use. Change in condom use was also affected by change in perceived reduction in sexual pleasure and by female partner's appreciation of condom use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109+117
JournalFamily Planning Perspectives
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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