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Title: Serial Monogamy and Relational Influences on Patterns of Condom Use for Young Adults in Dating Relationships
Authors: Bolton, Melissa
Advisor: Schneider, Margaret
Department: Adult Education and Counselling Psychology
Keywords: serial monogamy
condom use
Issue Date: 14-Dec-2009
Abstract: Within Canada, young adults have been identified as being at high risk for sexually transmitted infections (STI). One major contributing factor is inconsistent condom use, particularly within monogamous relationships (Civic, 2000; Critelli & Suire, 1998; Misovich, Fisher & Fisher, 1997; Winfield & Whaley, 2005). This research used qualitative methods to investigate the process by which young women rationalize inconsistent condom use and the relational influences that aid in this transition. A sample of fifteen women (between 18-24 years of age) were surveyed and interviewed. Using grounded theory analysis, the results indicated that the process of discontinuing condoms is multifaceted. Within relationships, unprotected sex comes to signify developmental milestones for the couple. It is associated with desirable relationship characteristics of commitment, trust, intimacy and fidelity. The results suggest that health promotion interventions should emphasize the high risk for STI posed by using condoms inconsistently within the monogamous relationships of young adults.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18114
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