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An assessment of risky health behaviors during adolescence among vocational students as conceptualized by the Expanded Health Belief Model in Bangkok, Thailand.


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The predictor set for actual condom use consisted of perceived benefits from condom use, and interactions between intentions and gender, knowledge of STDs/HIV/AIDS/pregnancy and peer norms, and alcohol use and age. Adjusting for modifying factors, the predictor set explained 27% of the variation in condom use. The findings suggest that age-gender-premarital experience-specific education interventions should be developed to enhance intentions and the benefits from condom use using a peer-leader. Knowledge of STDs/HIV/AIDS/pregnancy must be emphasized as well as the influence of alcohol on condom use. Thai teen focus groups should be conducted to help develop the intervention that is culturally appropriate.