Family-based HIV preventive intervention: Child level results from the CHAMP family program

Cami K. McBride, Donna Baptiste*, Roberta L. Paikoff, Sybil Madison-Boyd, Doris Coleman, Carl C. Bell, Dorian Traube, Ida Coleman, Mary M. McKay

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Social indicators suggest that African American adolescents are in the highest risk categories of those contracting HIV/AIDS (CDC, 2001). The dramatic impact of HIV/AIDS 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) Systemic 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 HIV/AIDS prevention program that is contextually relevant, developmentally grounded and systematically- delivered. The collaborative HIV/AIDS Adolescent Mental Health Project (CHAMP) is aimed at decreasing HIV/AIDS risk exposure among a sample of African American youth living in 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 caregivers. 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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-220
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Work in Mental Health
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - May 22 2007


  • 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 (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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