Intentions to Use the Female Condom Among African American Adults1


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    Data collection. analyses, and preparation of this manuscript were supported by Center Grant P30-MH52776 and NRSA Postdoctoral Training Grant T32-MH19985, both from the National Institute of Mental Health, and by Medical College of Wisconsin Grant 2200670 (Heather Cecil, Ph. D., P. I.). The authors are grateful to Michelle Gray-Bernhardt for assistance with data entry, Allan Hauth for assistance in bibliographic research, and June Perry, executive director at New Concepts, for assistance with this project.

2 Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Laura M. Bogart, who is now at the Department of Psychology, 118 Kent Hall, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242. e-mail:


The present study tested whether the theory of reasoned action (TRA) and self-efficacy for female condom use predicted intentions to use the female condom among African American adults. Participants were 137 men and women, 18 to 35 years of age, who were recruited from a community-based organization. Results indicate that: (a) the TRA model has predictive utility for women's but not for men's intentions to use the female condom with both main and casual sex partners, and (b) the TRA model was a better predictor of intentions to use the female condom with main than with casual partners. Implications for female condom-use promotion are discussed.