DETERMINANTS PREDICTOR OF INCONSISTENT CONDOM USED BEHAVIOR AMONG FEMALE STUDENTS IN A UNIVERSITY IN THE NORTHERN REGION
Keywords:Sexual risk behavior, Condom, Female students, University
The purpose of this research was to study sexual risk behaviors and determinants predictor of inconsistent condom used behavior among female students in a university in the Northern region. The sample group was 378 persons derived from systematic random sampling. The questionnaire was developed by the researcher based on the review of the relevant literatures with the reliability of 0.898 of Cronbach’s alpha coefficient. The data were subsequently analyzed by descriptive statistic and logistic regression was used to analyze determinants predictor of inconsistent condom used behavior. The research results were as follows: female students had sexual risk behavior due to inconsistent condom used especially when having sexual intercourse with a regular partner. Of those, only 24.70 % used condoms every time when having sex and had the behaviors of drinking alcohol before having sexual intercourse. Determinant predictors of inconsistent condom used among female students who were not using a condom when having the sexual intercourse for the first time (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] =11.70; 95% CI=3.70-36.70), low perceived benefits of a condom (adjusted odds ratio [AOR]= 3.83; 95% CI=1.30-13.20), low intention to use condoms at the next sexual intercourse (adjusted odds ratio [AOR]= 2.90; 95% CI=1.20-7.20), and drinking alcohol before sexual intercourse (adjusted odds ratio [AOR]=1.23; 95% CI=1.30-4.00). The finding could further be used to develop an intervention to reduce sexual risk behavior.
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