Partner Pressure, Victimization History, and Alcohol: Women’s Condom-Decision Abdication Mediated by Mood and Anticipated Negative Partner Reaction

William H. George, Kelly Davis, N. Tatiana Masters, Kelly F. Kajumulo, Cynthia A. Stappenbeck, Jeanette Norris, Julia R. Heiman, Jennifer M. Staples

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Highly intoxicated versus sober women were evaluated using multi-group path analyses to test the hypothesis that sexual victimization history would interact with partner pressure to forgo condom use, resulting in greater condom-decision abdication—letting the man decide whether or not to use a condom. After beverage administration, community women (n = 408) projected themselves into a scenario depicting a male partner exerting high or low pressure for unprotected sex. Mood, anticipated negative reactions from the partner, and condom-decision abdication were assessed. In both control and alcohol models, high pressure increased anticipated negative partner reaction, and positive mood was associated with increased abdication. In the alcohol model, victimization predicted abdication via anticipated negative partner reaction, and pressure decreased positive mood and abdication. In the control model, under high pressure, victimization history severity was positively associated with abdication. Findings implicate condom-decision abdication as an important construct in understanding how women’s sexual victimization histories may exert sustained impact on sexual interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-146
Number of pages13
JournalAIDS and Behavior
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • Alcohol
  • Condom decision abdication
  • Partner pressure
  • Sexual victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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