AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 432–440 | Cite as

Psychometric Properties of a Pictorial Scale Measuring Correct Condom Use

  • Qing LiEmail author
  • Xiaoming Li
  • Bonita Stanton
  • Bo Wang
Original Paper


This study was designed to assess the psychometric properties of a pictorial scale of correct condom use (PSCCU) using data from female sex workers (FSWs) in China. The psychometric properties assessed in this study include construct validity by correlations and known-group validation. The study sample included 396 FSWs in Guangxi, China. The results demonstrate adequate validity of the PSCCU among the study population. FSWs with a higher level of education scored significantly higher on the PSCCU than those with a lower level of education. FSWs who self-reported appropriate condom use with stable partners scored significantly higher on PSCCU than their counterparts. The PSCCU should provide HIV/STI prevention researchers and practitioners with a valid alternative assessment tool among high-risk populations, especially in resource-limited settings.


Pictorial scale Validity Condom use Female sex workers China 



The data analysis and preparation of this paper were supported by Grant R01AA018090 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health. Financial support for undertaking the survey was provided by the National Institute of Mental Health and the NIH Office of AIDS Research (R01MH064878-3S1).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Prevention Research Center, Carman and Ann Adams Department of Pediatrics, School of MedicineWayne State UniversityDetroitUSA
  2. 2.Department of Community Health SciencesUniversity of Southern MississippiHattiesburgUSA

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