Gender Differences and Condom-Associated Embarrassment in the Acquisition of Purchased Versus Free Condoms among College Students

Brandy Reeves, Melinda J. Ickes, Kristen P. Mark

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Abstract

Condoms are not used consistently among sexually active college students, indicating a need to understand condom acquisition patterns. This study describes purchased and free acquisition of condoms, factors influencing purchased condom acquisition, and condom-associated embarrassment among college students. A random sample of students at a public university was invited to complete an online survey. More participants obtained free condoms (77.1%) than purchased condoms (59.3%). Individuals who had only ever obtained free condoms were significantly more embarrassed around condom acquisition than individuals who had ever purchased a condom, and women were more embarrassed than men. Implications for health educators and higher education professionals are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-75
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Journal of Sexuality Education
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • attitudes
  • College
  • condom
  • contraceptives
  • purchasing

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