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Value expectancy theories, alternative models, and unsafe sex among young gay men in Miami, 1995.


Int Conf AIDS. 1996 Jul 7-12;11(1):179 (abstract no. Mo.D.1725). Unique

Objective: To assess concepts derived from value expectancy theories and from recent descriptions of "AIDS inevitability" Odets) and "cognitive disengagement" (MacKirnan, Ostrow, Hope) in explaining unprotected receptive anal intercourse (URAI) among young men who have sex with men (MSM). Methods: A cross-sectional survey with a representative sample of 3000 residential addresses in census tracts 42-45 of Miami Beach, Florida, was conducted in Winter 1996. Men 18-29 years old who reported ever in engaging in sex with a man and residing at a randomly selected address for at least 30 days were eligible. After anonymity was assured and consent obtained, participants were interviewed about their health beliefs and feelings, and then asked to complete a self-administered questionnaire about their sex practices. Results: Preliminary results from the first 30 participants indicate that 43% engaged in URAI in 1995 and:(table: see text)Conclusions: Neither traditional concepts derived from value expectancy theories nor recent conceptualizations of risk-taking distinguished young MSM engaging in URAI from those practicing safer sex.

*Homosexuality, Male/PSYCHOLOGY *Sex Behavior *Social Values


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