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Partner Dependence and Sexual Risk Behavior Among STI Clinic Patients

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Objectives: To investigate the relation between partner dependence and sexual risk behavior in the context of the information-motivation-behavioral skills (IMB) model.

Methods: STI clinic patients (n 1432) completed a computerized interview assessing partner dependence, condom use, and IMB variables.

Results: Men had higher partner-dependence scores than women did. Patients reporting greater dependence reported less condom use. Gender did not moderate the partner dependence-condom-use relationship. Partner dependence did not moderate the relation between IMB constructs and condom use.

Conclusions: Further research is needed to determine how partner dependence can be incorporated into conceptual models of safer sex behaviors.

Keywords: HIV; partner dependence; power; sexual risk behavior; sexually transmitted diseases

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Research Assistant Professor, Center for Health and Behavior, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

Publication date: May 1, 2010

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