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Table 2 Summary of themes resulting from analysis of individual, relationship/partner, and event circumstances levels

From: Risk evaluations and condom use decisions of homeless youth: a multi-level qualitative investigation

Relationship/Partner Event circumstances Individual
Theme Description Theme Description Theme Description
Emotional factors Comments about trust, familiarity with the partner, and developing an emotional connection with specific partners that influenced decisions to use condoms Drug and alcohol use Discussions of the influence of drugs and alcohol on the respondents experience and attitude towards unprotected sex Concern about Pregnancy and STIs Respondent’s concern or lack of concern about pregnancy and STI risk that influenced their risk taking decisions across different events and partners
Relationship type Discussions of the relationship between categories or types of partners and risk evaluation/unprotected sex Sexual arousal Discussions of how momentary feelings of sexual arousal affected decision making about engaging in unprotected sex Concern about Pregnancy and STIs Respondent’s concern or lack of concern about pregnancy and STI risk that influenced their risk taking decisions across different events and partners
Perceived partner preferences Decisions about protection that were dictated by the preferences of partners     
Communication about Risk Descriptions of interactions between partners that lead to decisions to engage in or not engage in unprotected sex     
Perceived partner characteristics Descriptions of calculations about risk based on perceived or observable characteristics of the partners that are related to increased or decreased risk of transmitting an STD     
Relationship trajectory and risk Discussions about how the respondent and a particular partner either changed or did not change their pattern of protection over time and what affected the change in protection or what would or would not affect the pattern of their behavior with the partner