Psychosocial Risk Factors for Inconsistent Condom Use in Young People with First Episode Psychosis Academic Article uri icon


  • There is evidence of high rates of unprotected sex among young people with first episode psychosis compared to their peers. Little research has explored factors associated with condom use in this population. The current study examined the association between previously identified psychosocial risk factors and condom use in young people with early psychosis and their peers. Sixty-seven sexually active young people with first episode psychosis and 48 sexually active control participants matched on a number of sociodemographic factors completed a self-report survey. Increased probability of inconsistent condom use was associated with clinical status, younger age, unemployment, and the absence of peer support for condom use. Psychological distress, self-esteem, social support, substance use, and impulsivity were not associated with condom use. The results suggest that sexual risk-reduction interventions for young people with psychosis should target peer norms, particularly among those who are younger and unemployed.

publication date

  • December 2011