General and Sexual Communication in Established Relationships: An Exploration of Possible Links to Condom Use Among Young Adults (Report)
The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality 2010, Spring-Summer, 19, 1-2
The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality
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Abstract: Rates of consistent condom use are typically low among young adults in established relationships. This exploratory investigation examines how young adults in relationships characterize their communication styles with their current partners. Communication difficulty within the relationship, including sexual communication, was further explored for associations with condom use. Thirty-two women and 22 men (18-24 years) tracked their condom use over a three-week period using daily diaries. Diary data subsequently were linked to reports of communication difficulties that emerged from analyses of the qualitative interview data addressing relationship communication. We found that those who reported some difficulty in communication practiced condom use more consistently than those who did not report such difficulties. No statistically significant differences were found for those who reported difficulty communicating about sex-related issues compared to those who reported feeling at ease discussing such issues. Results have implications for interventions promoting safer sex among young adults. Acknowledgements: We gratefully acknowledge research support from NICHD Grant R01-HD41721 to Lucia F. O'Sullivan, Ph.D. The authors thank the students for their participation in the project, Giovanna Rodriguez for coordinating data collection and entry, Susie Hoffman, David Seal, and Abigail Harrison for help with designing the study, and Dr. Patricia Antoniello who helped implement the project.
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- Category: Psychology
- Published: 22 March 2010
- Publisher: SIECCAN, The Sex Information and Education Council of Canada
- Print Length: 28 Pages
- Language: English