Communication of Sexual Risk Behavior among Late Adolescents

Sharon E. Lock, Stephanie L. Ferguson, Carl Wise

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A grounded theory approach was used to describe how males and females in late adolescence communicate with their sexual partners about sexual risk behaviors. Interviews were audiotaped with 18 women and 15 men from a university in the southeastern United States. Verbatim transcripts were analyzed using constant comparative analysis. Building trust was identified as the core variable for both men and women. For women, prerequisites for building trust were being involved in caring relationships and indirectly gathering information about potential sexual partners. For men, prerequisites were being involved in caring relationships and using their instincts. Women usually initiated safe-sex talk, but men were willing to discuss it, once the conversation was initiated. Findings can serve as a guide for developing nursing strategies that promote more effective communication about sexual risk behavior in this age group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-294
Number of pages22
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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