Toward a taxonomy of contraceptive behaviors and attitudes of single college men Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this research was to determine the relationship between attitudes and behaviors pertaining to male contraceptive practices; the influences of living group affiliation in these practices; the influence of partners in birth control method use; the quality of communication in the sexual relationship as an influence in birth control method use; and the type of relationship at intercourse as a determinate of birth control method use. The primary sources of data for this study were student responses to two locally developed questionnaires (The Individual Behavior Questionnaire and The Biographical History Questionnaire). Participants in this study were all male, enrolled as full-time students at Oregon State University during spring term 1981 and residing in either a residence hall, fraternity house or cooperative house. A total of 252 men completed both questionnaires. Standard statistics for demographic data were provided by utilizing the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). The Chi-square statistic was used to measure differences within the population by living group type (LGT) and to measure relationships between variables selected for comparison. Numerous cross-tabulations were conducted to compare and contrast variables which might have some influence on contraceptive attitudes and behaviors within the population. Statistical treatments of these data were considered significant at the .05 level. The following selected conclusions were drawn from the findings of this research: 1. During the whole of intercourse occasions, there was a statistically significant relationship between birth control method (BCM) attitudes and BCM behaviors when men reporting joint BCM responsibility were more likely to use BCM's at intercourse. 2. Living group type (LGT) did not significantly influence BCM responsibility, BCM use or BCM reliability. 3. Sexual partners did significantly influence the use of BCM's at intercourse occasions but further data analysis revealed that unreliable BCM's were most commonly used. 4. Communication in the sexual relationship did influence BCM use but not BCM reliability. 5. The type of relationship at intercourse did influence the use of BCM's at intercourse but BCM reliability.
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