Racial identity and risky sexual behaviors among black heterosexual men

Adannaa Oparanozie, Jessica M. Sales, Ralph J. DiClemente, Nikia D. Braxton

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between racial identity and risky sexual behaviors among young Black heterosexual men to better inform future HIV prevention interventions. A community sample of 80 self-identified African American heterosexual men aged 18 to 29 years completed an audio computer-assisted self-interview survey. Bivariate analyses were performed to assess the associations among variables related to demographics, racial identity, and sexual behaviors. Multivariate linear and logistic regression analyses were employed to determine the relationship between racial identity and risky sexual behaviors. Results indicate that more positive feelings toward African Americans and positive attitudes toward being Black predicted fewer sexual partners. The centrality of race was associated with a decrease in the odds of having concurrent sexual partners and marginally predicted increased condom use with a main female partner. Findings suggest that future HIV prevention interventions designed for African American heterosexual men should seek to strengthen their sense of racial identity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-51
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Black Psychology
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012

Keywords

  • Black men
  • racial identity
  • sexual behaviors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Psychology

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