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Condom use as a dependent variable: a brief commentary about classification of inconsistent users

Crosby, Richard A., Yarber, William L., Sanders, Stephanie A. and Graham, Cynthia A. (2004) Condom use as a dependent variable: a brief commentary about classification of inconsistent users AIDS and Behavior, 8, (1), pp. 99-103. (doi:10.1023/B:AIBE.0000017529.20932.73). (PMID:15146137).

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Abstract

Transformation of nonnormally distributed measures of condom use frequency can be problematic for researchers. Distributions are typically dichotomized. We used data collected from 483 university undergraduates in an anonymous, cross-sectional survey to illustrate the value of a screening analysis before dichotomization. Inconsistent condom users were compared to consistent users with respect to 14 measures. Subsequently, inconsistent users were compared to those who never used condoms with regard to the same 14 measures. Findings suggest that a screening analysis is a potentially important aspect of analyzing distributions that assess frequency of condom use

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Published date: March 2004
Keywords: condom use, sexual behavior, sexually transmitted infections, dichotomy
Organisations: Psychology

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Local EPrints ID: 206985
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/206985
ISSN: 1090-7165
PURE UUID: 106fbc97-2f73-4418-8cc8-7b63d72996ea
ORCID for Cynthia A. Graham: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7884-599X

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Date deposited: 27 Jan 2012 09:13
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 10:50

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Author: Richard A. Crosby
Author: William L. Yarber
Author: Stephanie A. Sanders

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