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Gender differences in beliefs about condom use among young, heterosexual Australian adults

Newton, Fiona J., Newton, Joshua D., Windisch, Lydia and Ewing, Michael T. 2013, Gender differences in beliefs about condom use among young, heterosexual Australian adults, Health education journal, vol. 72, no. 4, pp. 443-449, doi: 10.1177/0017896912450240.

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Title Gender differences in beliefs about condom use among young, heterosexual Australian adults
Author(s) Newton, Fiona J.
Newton, Joshua D.ORCID iD for Newton, Joshua D.
Windisch, Lydia
Ewing, Michael T.ORCID iD for Ewing, Michael T.
Journal name Health education journal
Volume number 72
Issue number 4
Start page 443
End page 449
Total pages 7
Publisher SAGE
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0017-8969
Keyword(s) beliefs
sexual behaviour
young adult
Summary Objective: To investigate gender differences in beliefs about condom use among young, sexually active, heterosexual Australian adults. Design: Cross-sectional survey of 1,113 adults aged 18–26 years. Setting: Higher education institutions across New South Wales and Victoria, Australia. Method: Participants were recruited during higher-education orientation activities and asked to complete an anonymous survey. The survey captured beliefs about condom use and demographic data. Results: Although males were more likely than females to agree that their partners endorsed the consistent use of condoms, they were less likely to agree that their friends would support consistent condom usage. Males were also more likely to believe that condoms reduce sexual pleasure and give the impression that they are sexually promiscuous. Conclusion: Normalizing the purchase of condoms, repositioning condoms as erotic stimuli, and creating a supportive peer environment using peer-to-peer communication tools may bring about more positive perceptions regarding consistent condom use. Gender-specific safe sex campaigns should also be developed to address the different pattern of condom beliefs held by males and females.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0017896912450240
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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