Does the theory of planned behaviour explain condom use behaviour among men who have sex with men? A meta-analytic review of the literature

Benjamin J Andrew, Barbara A Mullan, John BF de Wit, Lauren A Monds, Jemma Todd, Emily J Kothe

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The aim of this meta-analysis was to explore whether the constructs in the theory of planned behaviour (TPB; i.e., attitude, subjective norm, perceived behavioural control, intention) explain condom use behaviour among men who have sex with men (MSM). Electronic databases were searched for studies that measured TPB variables and MSM condom use. Correlations were meta-analysed using a random effects model and path analyses. Moderation analyses were conducted for the time frame of the behavioural measure used (retrospective versus prospective). Attitude, subjective norm and perceived behavioural control accounted for 24.0 % of the variance in condom use intention and were all significant correlates. Intention and PBC accounted for 12.4 % of the variance in condom use behaviour. However, after taking intention into account, PBC was no longer significantly associated with condom use. The strength of construct relationships did not differ between retrospective and prospective behavioural assessments. The medium to large effect sizes of the relationships between the constructs in the TPB, which are consistent with previous meta-analyses with different behaviours or target groups, suggest that the TPB is also a useful model for explaining condom use behaviour among MSM. However, the research in this area is rather small, and greater clarity over moderating factors can only be achieved when the literature expands. © 2016, Springer Science+Business Media New York.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)2834-2844
Number of pages11
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes

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