ERIC Number: EJ1019807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
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Motivations for Sex among Low-Income African American Young Women
Deardorff, Julianna; Suleiman, Ahna Ballonoff; Dal Santo, Teresa S.; Flythe, Michelle; Gurdin, J. Barry; Eyre, Stephen L.
Health Education & Behavior, v40 n6 p646-650 Dec 2013
African American young women exhibit higher risk for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS, compared with European American women, and this is particularly true for African American women living in low-income contexts. We used rigorous qualitative methods, that is, domain analysis, including free listing ("n" = 20), similarity assessment ("n" = 25), and focus groups (four groups), to elicit self-described motivations for sex among low-income African American young women (19-22 years). Analyses revealed six clusters: Love/Feelings, For Fun, Curiosity, Pressured, For Money, and For Material Things. Focus groups explored how African American women interpreted the clusters in light of condom use expectations. Participants expressed the importance of using condoms in risky situations, yet endorsed condom use during casual sexual encounters less than half the time. This study highlights the need for more effective intervention strategies to increase condom use expectations among low-income African American women, particularly in casual relationships where perceived risk is already high.
Descriptors: African Americans, Females, Low Income Groups, Motivation, Sexuality, At Risk Persons, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Qualitative Research, Focus Groups, Psychological Patterns, Decision Making, Economic Factors, Prevention, Health Behavior, Expectation, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Urban Areas
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