The long-term impact of aids-preventive interventions for delinquent and abused adolescents

Vered Slonim-Nevo, Wendy F. Auslander, Martha N. Ozawa, Kenneth G. Jung

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This study examines whether cognitive/behavioral interventions that produced immediate changes in AIDS-related knowledge, attitudes, and intentions for coping with AIDS-risk situations among delinquents and abused adolescents, are capable of producing long-term benefits assessed at 9-12 months follow-up. Adolescents (N = 218) from 15 residential centers received an intensive nine-session HIV prevention program. Centers were randomly assigned to skills training, discussion-only, or control groups. Results showed that one intervention model, discussion groups, produced a long-term increase in knowledge about AIDS and higher reported intentions to cope with AIDS-risk situations. However, both skills-training and discussion groups did not produce a long-term reduction in the level of engagement in high-risk behaviors. Several reasons for these results are discussed, with emphasis on an explanation based on the theoretical perspective of life chances or life options.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-421
Number of pages13
Issue number122
StatePublished - 1 Jun 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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