Are traditional gender role attitudes associated with risky sexual behavior and condom-related beliefs?

Cindy L. Shearer, Shelley J. Hosterman, Meghan Gillen, Eva S. Lefkowitz

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Abstract

Traditional gender role attitudes, which emphasize an unequal distribution of power in the family and stereotypical norms about masculinity, may be associated with unsafe sexual behavior and beliefs in young men and women. This study was designed to examine associations between gender role attitudes including gender-based family role attitudes and masculinity ideology, sexual behaviors, and condom-related beliefs in a sample of sexually active college students (N = 154). Family role attitudes were related to risky condom-related beliefs but not to risky sexual behavior. Masculinity ideology was related to both sexual behaviors and condom-related beliefs but, in some cases, in a direction opposite to that predicted. These unexpected findings and the utility of examining masculinity ideology among women are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-324
Number of pages14
JournalSex Roles
Volume52
Issue number5-6
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2005

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Masculinity
Condoms
gender role
Sexual Behavior
masculinity
ideology
distribution of power
Students
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Shearer, Cindy L. ; Hosterman, Shelley J. ; Gillen, Meghan ; Lefkowitz, Eva S. / Are traditional gender role attitudes associated with risky sexual behavior and condom-related beliefs?. In: Sex Roles. 2005 ; Vol. 52, No. 5-6. pp. 311-324.
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Are traditional gender role attitudes associated with risky sexual behavior and condom-related beliefs? / Shearer, Cindy L.; Hosterman, Shelley J.; Gillen, Meghan; Lefkowitz, Eva S.

In: Sex Roles, Vol. 52, No. 5-6, 01.03.2005, p. 311-324.

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