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Interamerican Journal of Psychology

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SANTIAGO-RIVAS, Marimer  y  PEREZ-JIMENEZ, David. Modeling HIV prevention strategies among two Puerto Rican samples. Interam. j. psychol. [online]. 2009, vol.43, n.2, pp. 333-339. ISSN 0034-9690.

The Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills model examines factors that are used to initiate and maintain sexual and reproductive health promotion behaviors. The present study evaluated the association among these constructs as it is applied to sexually active heterosexual adults with steady partners, using a Structural Equation Modeling approach. At the same time, it was analyzed if the same model structure could be generalized to two samples of participants that produced the results following two different formats for data collection. Two-hundred ninety one participants completed the Information-Motivation- Behavioral Skills Questionnaire (Spanish version), and 756 participants completed an Internet version on the instrument. The proposed model fits the data for both groups, supporting a predictive and positive relationship among all of the latent variables, with Information predicting Motivation, and Motivation therefore predicting Behavioral Skills. The findings support the notion that there are important issues that need to be addressed when promoting HIV prevention.

Palabras clave : Condom; Heterosexuals; IMB model; HIV.

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