Is Safe Sex Among College Students?

921 Words Oct 26th, 2015 4 Pages
Safe sex is a priority to eliminate sexually transmitted diseases. Anyone is at risk, although young adults are vulnerable due to specific behaviors. Kanekar, Sharma and Bennett (2015) report, “Young adults engage themselves in unsafe sexual behaviors exposing themselves to getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD) and/or Human Immunodeficiency virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency syndrome (p. 90). The importance of self-protection and limiting negative behavior, aids in prevention of disease. The application of Social Cognitive Theory to predict safer sex among college students is a useful tool for behavior change. In the article Using Social Cognitive Theory to Predict Safer Sex, Kanekar et al., (2015) uses Social Cognitive Theory to evaluate predictors of self-reported safer sex behaviors among college students. This theory was chosen to evaluate safer safe in college students as it “posits a triadic interaction (reciprocal determination) between person, behavior and environment to explain complex health behaviors such as self-reported sexual behavior” (as cited in Kanekar et al., 2015, p. 91). Triadic reciprocal causation explains how behavior, environmental factors, and personal factors interact to achieve a change in behavior (Sharma & Romas, 2012, p. 174-175). This theory identifies the behavior and the factors that contribute, allowing health professionals to target areas that are contributing to negative choices. The Social Cognitive Theory is comprised of…
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