Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Towson, Shelagh,


Psychology, Social.




The purpose of this study was to examine the links between attitudes toward condom use and condom use behaviour, as well as the contribution of Ajzen's theory of planned behaviour (TPB), past behavioural variability with regard to condom use, and Snyder's self-monitoring construct to predict condom use behaviour. One-hundred and eleven sexually active undergraduate participants (92 female, and 19 male) responded to measures designed to test these constructs. Attitudes toward condom use explained a large proportion of the variance accounted for in condom use. Theory of reasoned action variables (attitude, subjective norm, and intentions), perceived behavioural control over condom use, and an interaction of the public performance factor (of the Self-Monitoring Scale) x past condom use variability each obtained support as predictors of actual condom use. A trend toward greater discrepancy between attitudes toward condom use and condom use behaviour was observed for participants who reported greater variability in their past condom use, and those who scored higher on the public performance sub-scale of the Self Monitoring scale. Finally, path analysis supported the theory of planned behaviour as a model to predict condom use over the revised model which included the public performance x variability interaction. Implications of these findings to safe-sex interventions are addressed.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1997 .L42. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0384. Adviser: Shelagh Towson. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1997.