Adolescents Living Safely: AIDS Awareness, Attitudes
To meet the comprehensive needs of runaway youths between 11 and 18 years
of age, this program combines 20 small group discussion sessions with case
management and private counseling. The group sessions provide general instruction
about HIV/AIDS through video and art workshops in which youth create their
own educational materials and review commercially available videos. Participants
also receive behavioral and cognitive skills training for coping with high-risk
situations. The case management and counseling components are designed to identify
individual needs and provide youth with appropriate services (e.g., legal,
medical, vocational). A field study of the program was conducted at two urban
shelters serving predominantly African-American runaways. The sessions were
held over a three week period, but youth joined the program at various points,
and their levels of participation varied. For runaways who attended at least
fifteen sessions, the high-risk pattern of sexual behavior dropped in frequency
from 20% to zero over a six-month period. At the two-year follow-up assessment,
program effects remained strongest for male and African-American participants.View more detailed information on this program.
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