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Submitted: 17 Aug 2016
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First published online: 05 Mar 2017
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Health Promot Perspect. 2017;7(2):74-79.
doi: 10.15171/hpp.2017.14
PMID: 28326287
PMCID: PMC5350553

Original Article

Safe sex self-efficacy and safe sex practice in a Southern United States College

Ovuokerie Addoh 1, Eveleen Sng 1, Paul D. Loprinzi 2 *

1 Exercise Psychology Laboratory, Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management, The University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677, USA
2 Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management, Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory, Exercise Psychology Laboratory, The University of Mississippi, University, MS, USA

Abstract

Background: The purpose of this study was to assess the association between safe sex self-efficacy and safe-sex practice in a Southern college setting.

Methods: Multivariable logistic regression models were used to examine the association between safe sex self-efficacy in four domains (mechanics, partner disapproval, assertiveness, intoxicants) and safe sex practice (outcome variable).

Results: For every 1-unit increase in the composite condom use self-efficacy score, there was an 8% increase in the odds of being beyond the median safe-sex practice score (odds ration [OR]: 1.08, 95% CI: 1.02-1.15). Additionally, for every 1-unit increase in intoxicants self-efficacy score, there was a 31% increase in the odds of being beyond the median safe-sex practice score (OR: 1.31, 95% CI: 1.08-1.58).

Conclusion: A greater degree of safe-sex self-efficacy is associated with increased odds of safe-sex practice. These findings are informative for the development of targeted approaches to foster safe-sex behavior in Southern US colleges.

Citation: Addoh O, Sng E, Loprinzi PD. Safe sex self-efficacy and safe sex practice in a Southern United States college. Health Promot Perspect. 2017;7(2):74-79. doi: 10.15171/hpp.2017.14.
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