Overcoming denial and increasing the intention to use condoms through the induction of hypocrisy

E. Aronson, C. Fried, J. Stone

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Abstract

Feelings of hypocrisy were induced in college students to increase condom use. Hypocrisy was created by making subjects mindful of their past failure to use condoms and then having them persuade others about the importance of condoms for AIDS prevention. The induction of hypocrisy decreased denial and led to greater intent to improve condom use relative to the control conditions. The implications of these findings for AIDS prevention are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1636-1638
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume81
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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