Superintendents' Perceptions of Condom Availability in US High Schools
Objectives: We examined high school superintendents' perceptions related to condom availability. Methods: A survey was mailed to a stratified random sample of US superintendents (N = 772) with a response rate of 40.4% (N = 297). Results: Most superintendents did not perceive human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (92%), sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) (74%), or teen pregnancy (51%) to be problems. Negative beliefs predicted 24% of the variance in barriers while positive and negative beliefs predicted 16% of the variance in benefits. Superintendents who perceived schools to play a lesser role in prevention were less likely to support condom availability (Pearson χ2 (1, N = 293) = 9.26, p = .002). Conclusions: Focusing on positive and negative beliefs may prove beneficial in addressing perceptions of condom availability.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: July 1, 2017
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