Social indicators suggest that African American adolescents are in the highest risk categories of those contracting HIVIAIDS (CDC, 2001). The dramatic impact ofHIVIAIDS on urban African American youth have influenced community leaders and policy makers to place high priority on programming that can prevent youth's exposure to the virus (Pequegnat & Szapocznik, 2000). Program developers are encouraged to design programs that reflect the developmental ecology of urban youth (Tolan, Gorman-Smith, & Henry, 2003). This often translates into three concrete programmatic features: (1) Contextual relevance; (2) Developmental- groundedness; and (3) Systenl,fC Delivery. Because families are considered to be urban youth's best hope to grow up and survive multiple dangers in urban neighborhoods (Pequegnat & Szapocznik, 2000), centering prevention within families may ensure that youth receive ongoing support, education, and messages that can increase their capacity to negotiate peer situations involving sex.
This paper will present preliminary data from an HIVIAIDS prevention program that is contextually relevant, developmentally grounded and systematically- delivered. The collaborative HIVIAIDS Adolescent Mental Health Project (CHAMP) is aimed at decreasing HIV/AIDS risk exposure among a sample of African American youth living in a poverty-stricken, inner-city community in Chicago. This study describes results from this family-based HIV preventive intervention and involves 88 African American pre-adolescents and their primary caregiverso We present results for the intervention group at baseline and post intervention. We compare post test results to a community comparison group of youth. Suggestions for future research are provided.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Community Collaborative Partnerships|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Foundation for HIV Prevention Research Efforts|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||18|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2012|
- Chicago African American youth
- Contextual relevance
- Developmental ecology of urban youth
- Developmental groundedness
- Prevent youth exposure to HIV
- Systemic delivery
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)