African American Women’s Language Use in Response to Male Partners’ Condom Negotiation Tactics

Yachao Li, Jennifer A. Samp, Valerie B. Coles Cone, Laura M. Mercer Kollar, Ralph J. DiClemente, Jennifer L. Monahan

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Abstract

African American women are vulnerable for sexual health risk; thus, condom use is essential. Guided by research linking goals to communicative content, this study explored women’s use of I-, you-, we-, and hedging language during condom negotiation. Female participants (N = 193) engaged in a condom negotiation role play with male confederates, where language use measures were coded. I-language was used the most frequently. Language use differed as a function of men’s tactics, such that women primarily used I-language in response to verbal attacks, you-language in response to seduction, and I- and we-language in response to information seeking. Women who engaged in more recent condom use were more likely to use you-language and, when confederates attacked, they responded with more you-language and less hedging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-84
Number of pages18
JournalCommunication Studies
Volume69
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • African American Women
  • Condom Negotiation
  • Condom Use
  • Language Use
  • Message Production

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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