Condom Use Intentions & Self-Efficacy in Urban, Poor, African American Females between the Ages of 18-24

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



First Advisor

Dr. Linda L. Strong


This research focuses on the existing relationship between perceived self-efficacy and condom use among young, poor, urban, African American women between the ages of eighteen to twenty four. A review of the pertinent literature was done and there is a discussion of the method used by this researcher for data collection. One hypothesis was that there are predictors of self-efficacy and condom use among African American young adults and teenagers. Another hypothesis is that there is no significant difference in condom use between African American high school students and African college students. This descriptive study involved the completion of an instruments, which measured a person's expectation of success in obtaining, using, disposing of, and negotiating the use of condoms with a sexual partner. The second instrument used was a demographic profile. The sample population consisted of 38 African American women ranging from age 18 to 24 years. The sample was drawn from an inner city high school and an inner city junior college located in the northeastern United States. Data was analyzed using SPSS (6.1) computer programs. Descriptive statistics were used to compute means and standard deviations for demographic and research variables. The hypotheses were supported. Literature to support this research's findings were discussed and recommendations for future research was also discussed.


Master's Thesis submitted to the Faculty, Sacred Heart University (Nursing) Program in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree Master of Science in Nursing.