Masters Thesis

Environmental and Personal Factors Influencing Risky Behaviors.

The purpose of this study was to examine personal and environmental factors that affect condom use of individuals. In particular, this study focused on self-efficacy, birth control, peer support, past experience with sexually transmitted diseases, and assertive personality trait. Participants were recruited from California State University, Fullerton and were enrolled in a Psychology 101 course. Participants completed a self-report paper/pencil survey that included various questions on condom use related to personal and environmental factors. Results indicated that peer support predicts personal condom use. In addition, personal belief on birth control use is significantly associated with condom use, and those who score high on sexual assertiveness are significantly associated with greater condom use self-efficacy. The results from this study can make important contributions to the field of sexual health and improve understanding of risky sexual behaviors.

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