The relationship between attitude, assertiveness and condom use

Henry Treffke, Marika Tiggemann, Michael W. Ross

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    This study investigated the relationships between attitudes, assertiveness and intention to use and actual use of condoms as a means of preventing infection from sexually transmitted disease. Both homosexual (n = 83) and heterosexual men (n = 128) participated in the survey. It was found that the homosexual men held more favourable attitudes, and reported greater intended and actual condom use than the heterosexual men. Intention to use condoms was positively related to favourable attitudes, which were related to condom-specific assertiveness for both groups. For the heterosexual men only, general social assertiveness was negatively related to attitudes toward condoms. It was concluded that condom use was reassuringly frequent among homosexual men, but not for heterosexual men. Efforts to increase condom use among the latter will need to take into account negative attitudes and, in particular, the possible perception of condom use as an effeminate behaviour.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)45-52
    Number of pages8
    JournalPsychology & Health
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992


    • Attitudes
    • Condom use
    • Homosexual men
    • Assertiveness


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