Publication Date

5-18-2005

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Abstract

According to the Center of Disease Control (2002), sexual transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise, especially among women. By far, women bear the greatest burden of STDs because they suffer more frequently and develop more serious complications than men. This study explored the relationship between self-efficacy and safe sex behaviors among college women. The data was collected by using questionnaires from the General Perceived Self-Efficacy Scale (GPSE) and the Condom Use Self-Efficacy Scale(CUSES). The sample was composed of 38 unmarried female college students between the ages of 18 and 25 years-of-age who had been sexually active within the last 3 months. It was expected that women who have high score in GPSE would be more likely to engage in safe sex. The findings indicated there was no correlation between self-efficacy and safe sex practice.

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