Communicating sexual health messages: young adults and the female condom

  • Chatterjee K
  • Markham Shaw C
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Purpose: This study examined how young adult college men and women (18 to 24 years of age) viewed the female condom, in terms of its viability as a technology to be used for protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies. Patients and methods: Information sessions led by same-sex peer educators were conducted with 55 male and 94 female participants in same-sex, small groups, followed by completion of anonymous online surveys, during Spring 2013, at a large public university in the southwestern United States. Results: Using a grounded theory approach, the core characteristics of the FC2 ® female condom found to be important to the female participants were its design, lack of side effects, protection, and convenience; the male participants focused on the protection and design elements. Conclusion: Message-design implications for health promotion initiatives and practical implications for health practitioners were discussed.

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Chatterjee, K., & Markham Shaw, C. (2014). Communicating sexual health messages: young adults and the female condom. Open Access Journal of Contraception, 29. https://doi.org/10.2147/oajc.s64160

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