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SUNMOLA, Adegbenga M.. Developing a scale for measuring the barriers to condom use in Nigeria. Bull World Health Organ [online]. 2001, vol.79, n.10, pp.926-932. ISSN 0042-9686.

OBJECTIVE: To describe the development of a scale for measuring the barriers to condom use in Nigeria and to evaluate its content, feasibility, reliability, and validity. METHODS: The scale consists of 22 items and is structured on three dimensions: condom sexual satisfaction; condom health hazard; and condom sexual interest. It was evaluated on a sample of 786 students attending the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. FINDINGS: The scale appears to be easy to use, and is acceptable and reliable. CONCLUSION: The scale appears suitable for obtaining estimates of personal experiences of sexual and reproductive condom use. Further, it may be employed for assessing factors that hinder condom use in sexual relationships and is useful for determining the predisposition of individuals to use condoms in future sexual encounters.

Keywords : Condoms [utilization]; Sex behavior; Students; Research design; Nigeria.

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