This research was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (1-R01-MH46224-05). The authors wish to thank John Beauvais, Dean Cruess, Stephen Misovich, and Laura Pittman for assistance in the preparation of this manuscript.
When Two Heads Aren't Better Than One: AIDS Risk Behavior in College-Age Couples1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 26, Issue 5, pages 375–397, March 1996
How to Cite
Hammer, J. C., Fisher, J. D., Fitzgerald, P. and Fisher, W. A. (1996), When Two Heads Aren't Better Than One: AIDS Risk Behavior in College-Age Couples. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 26: 375–397. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1996.tb01855.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Individuals in intimate relationships engage in higher levels of HIV risk behavior than do individuals engaging in casual sex (e.g., Bowen & Michal-Johnson, 1989; Misovich, Fisher, & Fisher, 1996). While there are many possible reasons for this consistent pattern of effects, few studies have focused on identifying the underlying causes. Therefore, same-gender focus groups were conducted with college-age men and women in intimate relationships as participants in order to examine, qualitatively, factors particular to relationships which are associated with HIV risk. Focus-group members indicated that concerns about questioning interpersonal trust and commitment in their relationship through the introduction of condoms or HIV testing were often strong impediments to these practices. Recommendations for future HIV-prevention interventions specific to individuals in relationships are discussed.