Adapting a comprehensive approach to african american women’s sexual risk taking

Gail E. Wyatt, M. Belinda Tucker, Gloria J. Romero, Jennifer Vargas Cannona, Michael D. Newcomb, Heidi A Wayment, Tamra Bums Loeb, Beatriz M. Solis, Claudia Mitchell-Kernan

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Abstract

This study examines factors predicting the context of HIV related sexual behaviors in a random, community sample of 227 African American single and married women, ages 18 to 50. Structural equation models tested associations between women's past sexual histories, relationship factors, and risks for unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV, as well as risk reduction efforts since Magic Johnson's HIV disclosure. Sexual communication and past sexual experiences, most notably histories of STDs, physical, and sexual abuse, were significantly associated with increased HIV related sexual risk taking. Magic Johnson's HIV disclosure increased protective behaviors. Results suggest that a more comprehensive assessment of past victimization and cultural factors influencing women's behavior to reduce risks is needed in HIV prevention programs for African American women. The need for specific knowledge about women's sexuality and relationship risks beyond what currently is being offered in prevention programs is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-60
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Health Education
Volume28
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases
cultural factors
Crime Victims
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Structural Models
sexual violence
Sex Offenses
Sexuality
Risk Reduction Behavior
pregnancy
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Sexual Behavior

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Wyatt, G. E., Tucker, M. B., Romero, G. J., Vargas Cannona, J., Newcomb, M. D., Wayment, H. A., ... Mitchell-Kernan, C. (1997). Adapting a comprehensive approach to african american women’s sexual risk taking. Journal of Health Education, 28, 52-60. https://doi.org/10.1080/10556699.1997.10608633

Adapting a comprehensive approach to african american women’s sexual risk taking. / Wyatt, Gail E.; Tucker, M. Belinda; Romero, Gloria J.; Vargas Cannona, Jennifer; Newcomb, Michael D.; Wayment, Heidi A; Bums Loeb, Tamra; Solis, Beatriz M.; Mitchell-Kernan, Claudia.

In: Journal of Health Education, Vol. 28, 1997, p. 52-60.

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Wyatt, GE, Tucker, MB, Romero, GJ, Vargas Cannona, J, Newcomb, MD, Wayment, HA, Bums Loeb, T, Solis, BM & Mitchell-Kernan, C 1997, 'Adapting a comprehensive approach to african american women’s sexual risk taking', Journal of Health Education, vol. 28, pp. 52-60. https://doi.org/10.1080/10556699.1997.10608633
Wyatt, Gail E. ; Tucker, M. Belinda ; Romero, Gloria J. ; Vargas Cannona, Jennifer ; Newcomb, Michael D. ; Wayment, Heidi A ; Bums Loeb, Tamra ; Solis, Beatriz M. ; Mitchell-Kernan, Claudia. / Adapting a comprehensive approach to african american women’s sexual risk taking. In: Journal of Health Education. 1997 ; Vol. 28. pp. 52-60.
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