Partner-specific condom use among adolescent women clients of a family planning clinic

Stacey B. Plichta, Carol S. Weisman, Constance A. Nathanson, Margaret Ensminger, J. Courtland Robinson

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Abstract

Because inconsistent condom use could put adolescent women at an increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases, it is important to understand when and with whom they use condoms. This study examined partner-specific condom use over time among adolescent women. The data were from a clinic-based, prospective study of 308 adolescent women who had at least one sex partner during a 6-month follow-up. Their condom use was examined with three types of partners: exclusive, nonexclusive primary, and nonexclusive secondary. Predictors of consistent condom use (using condoms 100% of the time with a specific partner) were explored in a multiple logistic regression analysis. Consistent condom use was more likely to occur in shorter relationships (less than 3 months) and with partners who preferred condoms for contraception. It was no more likely to occur with nonexclusive partners than with exclusive partners, and it was somewhat less likely to occur among consistent oral contraceptive users. These findings emphasize the importance of educating adolescent women to introduce and maintain condom use with all partners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)506-511
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Volume13
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992

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Condoms
Family Planning Services
Oral Contraceptives
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Contraception
Logistic Models
Regression Analysis
Prospective Studies

Keywords

  • Condoms Adolescents Female

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Partner-specific condom use among adolescent women clients of a family planning clinic. / Plichta, Stacey B.; Weisman, Carol S.; Nathanson, Constance A.; Ensminger, Margaret; Robinson, J. Courtland.

In: Journal of Adolescent Health, Vol. 13, No. 6, 1992, p. 506-511.

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Plichta, Stacey B. ; Weisman, Carol S. ; Nathanson, Constance A. ; Ensminger, Margaret ; Robinson, J. Courtland. / Partner-specific condom use among adolescent women clients of a family planning clinic. In: Journal of Adolescent Health. 1992 ; Vol. 13, No. 6. pp. 506-511.
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