Generalizing behavioral findings across times, samples, and measures: A study of condom use

Dolores Albarracin, Martin Fishbein, Susan Middlestadt

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Abstract

Data from a Knowledge, Attitude, Belief, and Practices (KABP) Survey, administered to a sample of residents of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, were used to replicate a previous study (Fishbein, Trafimow, Francis, et al., 1995) that investigated the relative importance, as predictors of condom use, of selected theoretical variables from the theory of reasoned action (Fishbein & Ajzen, 1975), and the theory of planned behavior (Ajzen & Madden, 1986). Besides addressing generalization problems, the study tested a more internally valid formulation of the role of past behavior that supported the argument that past condom use is better viewed as a predictor of current intention than as a criterion variable. Perhaps more important, the influence of past behavior was found to be partially mediated by its effect on attitudes and norms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)657-674
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume28
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 16 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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