Testing a model of contraception use behavior among sexually active female adolescents in Taiwan


  • The authors wish to express thanks to D. M. Grimley for permission to use the scale. Special thanks also go to the National Science Council, Taiwan, which funded this study (NSC 92-2314-B-037-089).


The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to test a model of contraception use among sexually active Taiwanese female adolescents, using structural equation modeling. Anonymous questionnaires were distributed to 404 female adolescents who had had sexual intercourse in the previous 3 months. A model was produced in which past contraception use, self-efficacy for contraception use, and decisional balance for using contraception had significant direct effects on current contraception use. Social influences had not only significant direct effects on self-efficacy and on decisional balance, but also a significant indirect effect on current contraception use. These findings provide a reference for the development of contraceptive intervention programs for sexually active female adolescents in Taiwan. © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 30:628–640, 2007