Relational commitment and threats to relationship maintenance goals: Influences on condom use

Laura Umphrey, John Sherblom

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Objective: The authors examined the effects of relational commitment (high commitment versus low commitment) and relationship maintenance goals (high threat versus low threat) on decisions to request the use of a condom. Methods: The authors conducted a 2-part study using a survey of responses to hypothetical scenarios and decisions in actual relationships. Results: Results indicated that people with high relational commitment were less likely to request a condom than were people with low relational commitment. People who perceived threats to relationship maintenance goals if a condom was requested were less likely to request a condom than were people who did not perceive threats to relationship maintenance goals. Conclusions: Findings from this study highlight the influence that relational threats and commitment levels have on condom use decision making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-67
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2007



  • Condom use
  • Relational commitment
  • Relationship maintenance goals
  • Sexually transmitted infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Education

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