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The impact of information about the prevalence of aids-preventive behavior among men and women: The mediating role of social norms

van den Eynden, R. J. J. M., Buunk, A. B., Bakker, A. B. & Siero, F. W., 1998, In : Psychology & Health. 13, 3, p. 467-478 12 p.

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  • R.J.J.M. van den Eynden
  • Abraham (Bram) Buunk
  • A.B. Bakker
  • F.W. Siero

The present study was designed to examine the effect of information about the high prevalence of safe sex on condom use intention, and to investigate the possible mediating role of the perceived social norm of friends, and the perceived social norm of future sexual partners. Participants were provided with gender specific prevalence information, that is with the information that most men have exclusively safe sex, or with the information that most women exclusively engage in safe sexual behavior. The results show some gender differences. Information about the high prevalence of safe sex among men tends to increase women's condom use intention, and this effect seems to be mediated by the perceived social norm of future sexual partners. Men's intention, on the other hand, seems to be unaffected by high prevalence information of safe sex. Implications for research and prevention are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-478
Number of pages12
JournalPsychology & Health
Volume13
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998

    Keywords

  • AIDS, prevalence information, gender, condom use, social norms, CONDOM USE, ADOLESCENTS, ATTITUDES, SEX, DETERMINANTS

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