The study by Guttmacher Institute examines associations between the characteristics of adolescent relationships and consistency of condom use. Among teenagers who had had sex with their dating partner, both negative relationship aspects and positive qualities were negatively associated with consistent condom use.
The study concludes that relationship dynamics were more related to condom use than social and demographic factors. This suggests that prevention efforts should focus more on relationship processes, recognizing that positive and negative relationship features are related to condom use.
Citation: Manning, W.D., Flanigan, C.M., Giordano, P.C., & Longmore, M A. (2009). Relationship dynamics and consistency of condom use among adolescents. Guttmacher Institute. Vol. 41., No. 3.
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