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- Barriers to safer sex: beliefs and attitudes among male and female adult heterosexuals across four relationship groups
- Moore, Susan; Parker Halford, Andrea
- This study of 400 heterosexual adults aged 24 to 49 years comprised married, single, separated/widowed/divorced, and cohabiting participants from three occupational groups, and concerned HIV risk within this sample. Results indicated high levels of unsafe sexual behaviours for more than one-quarter of the sample, including each occupational group and relationship type. Barriers to condom use fell into five major categories: Communication Difficulties; Arousal Interference; (perceived lack of) Erotic Potential of Condoms; Trust Justification; and Practical Difficulties with Condoms. Males expressed more attitudinal barriers to condom use than females, in particular higher arousal interference and stronger use of justifications centred around trust for non-use of condoms. Higher HIV risk status was associated with maleness, younger age, single or de facto relationship status, and the attitudinal variables of high arousal interference and weaker beliefs in the erotic potential of condoms. For females only, high risk was also associated with the belief that condom use involved significant practical difficulties or 'hassles'.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology. Department of Psychology
- Journal of Health Psychology, Vol. 4, no. 2 (Mar 1999), pp. 149-163
- Publication year
- FOR Code(s)
- 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy; 1701 Psychology; 1702 Cognitive Sciences
- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome; AIDS; Heterosexual adults; HIV; Human immunodeficiency virus; Sexuality; Sexual behaviour
- Publisher URL
- Copyright © 1999 SAGE Publications.
- Additional information
- This research was funded by a Commonwealth AIDS Research Grant (Australia).
- Peer reviewed