Young men's aggressive tactics to avoid condom use: A test of a theoretical model

Kelly Cue Davis, Patricia Logan-Greene

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Although research has demonstrated that men's aggression against women and inconsistent condom use are related phenomena, little is known about what factors increase risk for aggression to avoid condom use. The present article tests a theory-based model of condom avoidance through use of sexual aggression. Adult male participants (N = 289) were recruited nationally through online advertisements. Aggressive tactics to avoid condom use were measured using an adapted version of the revised Sexual Experiences Survey, and a variety of aggressive behaviors spanning coercion to physical force were assessed. One hundred participants (35.3) reported at least one instance of coercion or aggression to avoid using a condom. Structural equation modeling indicated that attitudes toward women, inconsistent condom use, and number of sexual partners were significant predictors of aggressive tactics to avoid condom use. A better understanding of the attitudinal and behavioral pathways through which men avoid condom use through aggressive and coercive means will ultimately result in improved education and prevention efforts for at-risk men and women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-231
Number of pages9
JournalSocial work research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • condom avoidance
  • confluence model
  • risky sexual behavior
  • sexual aggression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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