Identifying Demographic and Attitudinal Correlates of Young Adults’ Safer-Sex Self-Efficacy


Objectives: Using data from young-adult college students (N = 207), we identifieddemographic and attitudinal correlates of safer-sex self-efficacy. Female respondents reported higher levels of safer-sex self-efficacy than males. Methods: Participants completed a self-report survey about their sexual attitudes, values, and experiences.Results: In regression analyses only, the importance of safer-sex practices was related tosafer sex self-efficacy in both men and women. Women's safersex self-efficacy was associated with additional demographic factors and sexual beliefs. Conclusions: The factors identified in this study may serve as intervention targets for young-adult sexualhealth programs. Reinforcing the importance of safer-sex practices may be particularly effective in increasing young adults’ safer-sex self-efficacy.

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International Journal of Sexual Health


Taylor & Francis

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