Condom use in unmarried Latino men: a test of cultural constructs

Health Psychol. 1997 Sep;16(5):458-67. doi: 10.1037//0278-6133.16.5.458.


The effects of cultural factors on condom use were assessed in a random digit-dialing household survey of 1,600 unmarried Latino adults in 10 states with large Latino populations. Measures of traditional gender-role beliefs, sexual coercion, sexual comfort, and self-efficacy in using condoms were developed specifically for this population. A multisample structural equation model analysis included 594 men who reported one or more heterosexual partners in the 12 months before interview. As predicted, men with more traditional gender-role beliefs reported more sexual coercion and less sexual comfort. Men reporting more sexual coercion and less sexual comfort had lower condom self-efficacy. Men with more condom self-efficacy and stronger condom social norms reported more condom use.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Acculturation
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Coercion
  • Condoms / statistics & numerical data*
  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • Gender Identity
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Hispanic or Latino / psychology*
  • Hispanic or Latino / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sampling Studies
  • Self Concept
  • Sexual Behavior
  • United States / epidemiology