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Teens' failure to use condoms linked to partner disapproval, fear of less sexual pleasure
Date:9/9/2008

dents of unprotected sexual activity within the 90-day period. In addition to concerns about reduced sexual pleasure and partner disapproval, teens who did not use condoms were also less likely to discuss condom use with their partners. These findings held true across racial/ethnic groups, gender and geographic locations.

Based on the study's findings, the authors recommend clinicians carefully monitor and routinely assess the sexual risk behaviors of adolescents and address some of the common attitudes and concerns influencing condom use. For example, clinicians can teach teens how to effectively and respectfully communicate with their partners about using condoms or counsel them about finding condom brands and sizes that provide optimal fit, comfort and sensation.

"These kinds of interventions, including community-based programs, can play a major role in increasing condom use, particularly among high-risk adolescents, and promote their sexual health," says Brown, who is also a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.


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