AIDS-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors among juvenile delinquents in Israel

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Abstract

Fifty-six Israeli adolescents under the care of probation officers were interviewed about their AIDS-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. The results suggest that these adolescents put themselves at risk of HIV infection. A substantial proportion of the sample demonstrated a lack of knowledge on issues relevant for AIDS prevention. The majority held negative attitudes toward condoms but were also sexually active, and some had experienced unprotected sexual intercourse, anal sex, and drug use. Most of the respondents, moreover, showed a lack of competence in handling situations that pressure them to act unsafety. Implications for practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-250
Number of pages10
JournalPublic Health Reviews
Volume20
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1992

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