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NCJ Number: 200092 Find in a Library
Title: Using the Theory of Planned Behavior to Understand the STD Risk Behaviors of Incarcerated Women
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:30  Issue:2  Dated:April 2003  Pages:187-209
Author(s): Matthew Hogben; Janet S. St. Lawrence; Michael H. Hennessy; Gloria D. Eldridge
Date Published: April 2003
Page Count: 23
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article tests a theoretical framework regarding the STD/HIV risk-taking behavior of incarcerated women.
Abstract: Incarcerated women make up a large proportion of the female STD/HIV at-risk population. In order to inform intervention and prevention strategies, the authors test a framework of psychological antecedents to risky behaviors related to STD or HIV infection and examine the associations between the tested variables. Specifically, the authors examine the relationship between beliefs, attitudes, perceived behavioral control and norms, and behavioral intentions and how they interact with risk-taking behavior. Analysis of the data collected from 427 incarcerated women residing in 2 prisons in the southern United States revealed that beliefs about condoms were associated with favorable attitudes toward condom use. Favorable condom attitudes, in turn, were related to positive behavioral intentions to use condoms. Perceived behavioral control and norms were likewise associated with intentions. The results of the study lend support to the use of the theoretical framework for testing the efficacy and effectiveness of risk-reduction intervention programs for incarcerated women. Tables, figures, references
Main Term(s): Risk taking behavior; Theory
Index Term(s): AIDS/HIV in correctional facilities; Female inmates; Sexually transmitted diseases
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