Emily A. Impett, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto; Juliana G. Breines, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley; Amy Strachman, eHarmony Labs.
Keeping it real: Young adult women's authenticity in relationships and daily condom use
Article first published online: 6 OCT 2010
Copyright © 2010 IARR
Volume 17, Issue 4, pages 573–584, December 2010
How to Cite
IMPETT, E. A., BREINES, J. G. and STRACHMAN, A. (2010), Keeping it real: Young adult women's authenticity in relationships and daily condom use. Personal Relationships, 17: 573–584. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2010.01290.x
This work has been supported by Grants 1R03HD 055377 and 1R03HD059306 awarded to Emily A. Impett from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and a predoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation awarded to Juliana Breines.
- Issue published online: 1 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 6 OCT 2010
The role of relationship authenticity in shaping women's daily condom use was investigated. Forty-seven sexually active women in dating relationships completed a measure of relationship authenticity and then reported on their daily condom use and relationship events for 14 consecutive days. Inauthentic women were less likely than more authentic women to use condoms, particularly on days with frequent negative events such as major disagreements with a romantic partner. These critical Person × Situation interactions remained significant after controlling for the use of another form of birth control, sexual frequency, knowledge of a partner's sexual history, and relationship satisfaction. Implications for sexual risk-taking behaviors and future research using daily experience methods to study sexuality in dating relationships are discussed.