Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name





Psychology, Social.


Senn, Charlene Y.,




The purpose of the present study was to identify the variables that best predict whether or not young women insist that their partners use condoms during their sexual encounters. Once these variables have been identified and understood within the context of the theory of planned behaviour, effective condom promotion programs can be designed and geared toward the unique needs and concerns of young women. One hundred and eighty-seven heterosexually experienced undergraduate women participated in this study. They completed a Background Information Questionnaire, a Sexual Experience Questionnaire, and an Attitudes Toward Condoms Questionnaire. Women who held positive attitudes regarding the effects of condom use on sexual enjoyment and perceptions of responsibility and maturity were more likely to indicate future intentions to use condoms than were women who held more negative attitudes in this regard. Further, women who perceived strong pressures to use condoms and who believed that condom use was under their control were also more likely to indicate intent to use condoms in the future than were women who did not hold such beliefs. These results provide exciting new directions for research using the theory of planned behaviour as applied to condom use. The current findings also provide many practical implications for AIDS prevention programs designed to promote condom use among women.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1996 .F39. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0383. Adviser: Charlene Y. Senn. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1996.