TitlePsychosocial Outcomes of Sexual Risk Reduction in a Brief Intervention for Urban African American Female Adolescents.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBangi, A, Dolcini, MM, Harper, GW, Boyer, CB, Pollack, LM
JournalJournal of HIV/AIDS & social services
Date Published04/2013

This article describes psychosocial outcomes of a group randomized controlled trial of a friendship-based HIV/STI prevention intervention grounded in the AIDS Risk Reduction Model (ARRM). A total of 264 African American adolescent females were randomized to a single-session Project ÒRÉ HIV/STI prevention intervention or a nutrition/exercise health promotion intervention with their friendship group. At posttest, Project ÒRÉ participants scored higher on knowledge of HIV/STI prevention and protection (p < .01), knowledge of living with HIV/STI (p < .01), perceived HIV risk (p < .05), perceived STI risk (p < .01), and intentions to use condoms for vaginal sex (p < .05). Findings suggest that a brief friendship-based HIV/STI prevention intervention for youth can impact ARRM factors that increase the ability to recognize and label risky sexual behaviors as problematic and promote commitment to changing high-risk behaviors.