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Factors influencing the intention to use condoms in quebec sexually-inactive male adolescents

Elsevier Inc.
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DOI: 10.1016/1054-139x(95)00045-t
  • Intention
  • Condom Use
  • Sexually Inactive
  • Male
  • Adolescents
  • Communication


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine whether attitudes and other variables would be associated with intention to use condoms in sexually-inactive male adolescents. Methods: The survey was conducted from April to June 1989 on a sample of 879 sexually-inactive boys aged 12–19 years registered in secondary schools in Laval, Quebec. Results: The major findings of the study were that: (1) information on condoms provided by peers was significantly associated with the intention to use condoms; (2) information provided by schools, while not significant in the final model, was positively associated with younger adolescents' intention to use condoms; and (3) sexually-inactive male adolescents in a less committed couple relationship had a greater intention to use condoms. Conclusions: The results of this study highlight the importance of peer instructors as a source of information on condoms, as well as that of teachers and health professionals from the school environment. Other channels of communication, however, need to be developed particularly for older sexually-inactive adolescents who may be impervious to this latter source. The findings also underline the necessity to make sexually-inactive adolescents in stable couple relationships more aware of their potential vulnerability to STDs and AIDS should they commence sexual relations.

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