Academic journal article International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

Habit Is Strong Motive for Condom Use

Academic journal article International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

Habit Is Strong Motive for Condom Use

Article excerpt

Condom use at first and last sex and consistent condom use with steady and casual partners are more strongly associated with being motivated by habit rather than by conscious calculation or societal norms, according to the results of an online survey e-mailed to students of the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and posted on social-networking sites. (1) Of the 1,145 sexually active individuals aged 18-65 who answered survey questions between April and May 2009 about their condom use history and their reasons for using condoms (measured by three motivation scales: calculative, habitual and norm-oriented), 27% had used condoms at both first and last sex; having used a condom at first sex was positively associated with condom use at last sex (odds ratio, 2.0). In multivariate analyses, a higher score on the habitual condom use scale (i.e., using condoms out of habit) was associated with greater odds of condom use at first and last sex (1.1), whereas a higher score on the calculative condom use scale (i. …

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