The following brief profiles include information on age, number of children, job status, conjugal status, contraception preferences, goals, and demeanor for each participant in the final (clinic) interview portion of the research. Any woman designated as a condom user reported using condoms during her last sexual encounter before being interviewed. With the exception of statements regarding dress and general demeanor, the information listed for each woman was provided by that woman. The descriptions are written in the ethnographic present.
Adrienne : Forty-five-year-old Adrienne has three children of her own and also cares for three grandchildren. She is very disapproving of men, partly because of the problems she has experienced with the father of her children, who provided no support, did not return her love, and was jealous and domineering. Adrienne has been with her current partner for only a month and in fact is not sure if she will stay with him (she said that she was involved when screened for the interview). She does not work but would like to go into nursing. She is presently enrolled in one of the parenting classes administered by the social welfare bureau, and in treatment for drug use. She cooks at the church on the days that they set up their soup kitchen. Adrienne has had a tubal ligation.
Bernice : Twenty-four-year-old Bernice, a condom user, has a five-yearold daughter. Bernice had recently served several months in prison. Her boyfriend moved on while she was incarcerated but she still loves him deeply. Bernice has a new boyfriend of three months who is good to her, and seems sweet (he is eager to use condoms to make her happy), but she cannot get over her former partner. She maintained a flat demeanor throughout the interview, suggesting that she was depressed. Still, despite her troubles Bernice is trying to improve her existence. She is enrolled in a life skills training program administered by the city's social