AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 865–871 | Cite as

Predictors of Consistent Condom Use Among Young African American Women

  • Richard A. CrosbyEmail author
  • Ralph J. DiClemente
  • Laura F. Salazar
  • Gina M. Wingood
  • Jessica McDermott-Sales
  • April M. Young
  • Eve Rose
Brief Report


The purpose of this study was to determine the predictive value of selected factors to the consistent use of condoms among high-risk young African American women. A clinic-based, prospective, study of 242 young, African-American women (ages 15–21) was conducted. In multivariate analysis, consistent condom use was predicted by having greater perceptions of condom negotiation self-efficacy, lower fear of negotiating condom use, and having communicated with sex partners (during the recall period) about condom use. Relational variables were predictive of consistent condom use among young African American women. STD/HIV preventive interventions should target these factors, perhaps in dyad-level interventions.


African Americans Adolescent females Condom use Sexual behavior Sexually transmitted infections 



Funded by a grant from NIMH to the second author.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard A. Crosby
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ralph J. DiClemente
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
  • Laura F. Salazar
    • 3
    • 4
  • Gina M. Wingood
    • 3
    • 4
  • Jessica McDermott-Sales
    • 3
  • April M. Young
    • 3
  • Eve Rose
    • 3
  1. 1.College of Public Health at the University of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention at Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Behavioral Sciences & Health EducationRollins School of Public HealthAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.Emory Center for AIDS ResearchAtlantaUSA
  5. 5.Division of Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, and Immunology, Department of PediatricsEmory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA
  6. 6.Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)Emory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA

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