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Advances in Nursing Science:
doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e31822723a3
Original Articles

Unwanted Unprotected Sex: Condom Coercion by Male Partners and Self-silencing of Condom Negotiation Among Adolescent Girls

Teitelman, Anne M. PhD, CRNP, FAANP; Tennille, Julie MSW, LSW; Bohinski, Julia M. MS, BSN; Jemmott, Loretta S. PhD, RN, FAAN; Jemmott, John B. III PhD

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Abstract

This exploratory study used the theory of reasoned action and the theory of gender and power to guide elicitation of partner-related impediments to condom use among 64 adolescent girls living in poor urban areas with high rates of HIV and partner abuse. About 53% indicated that they had experienced unwanted, unprotected vaginal sex and 25% indicated that they were unable to discuss condom use with a partner. Novel qualitative findings related to condom coercion, condom sabotage, and self-silencing of condom negotiation are discussed in the context of connecting partner abuse to interpersonal control over condom use. Implications for intervention design are discussed.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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