Using the integrative model of behavioral prediction to understand college students’ STI testing beliefs, intentions, and behaviors

Kevin Wombacher, Minhao Dai, Jacob J. Matig, Nancy Grant Harrington

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Abstract

Objectives: To identify salient behavioral determinants related to STI testing among college students by testing a model based on the integrative model of behavioral (IMBP) prediction. Participants: 265 undergraduate students from a large university in the Southeastern US. Methods:Formative and survey research to test an IMBP-based model that explores the relationships between determinants and STI testing intention and behavior. Results: of path analyses supported a model in which attitudinal beliefs predicted intention and intention predicted behavior. Normative beliefs and behavioral control beliefs were not significant in the model; however, select individual normative and control beliefs were significantly correlated with intention and behavior. Conclusions: Attitudinal beliefs are the strongest predictor of STI testing intention and behavior. Future efforts to increase STI testing rates should identify and target salient attitudinal beliefs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)674-682
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume66
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 3 2018

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Keywords

  • College students
  • STI testing
  • health campaigns
  • health promotion programs
  • integrative model of behavioral prediction
  • message design
  • sexually transmitted infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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