Adapting an hiv prevention intervention for high-risk, incarcerated adolescents

Noelle M. Hurd, Melissa A. Valerio, Nicole M. Garcia, Anthony A. Scott

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This study examined the effectiveness of an adapted 4-session HIV prevention program. Participants included 490 adolescents who participated in either the 8- or the adapted 4-session HIVEd program. Analyses to identify mean changes in HIV-related knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy, and behavioral intentions between participants in either the 4- (n = 274) or 8-session (n = 216) programs were completed. Findings indicate participants in both programs had positive changes at post interview across all study outcomes. No significant differences in changes between participants in the 4- and 8-session programs were found except that male adolescents in the 4-session program had significantly higher mean changes in condom knowledge (p <. 01). The adaptation of the 8-session HIVEd program was undertaken to better reach and accommodate the needs of a high risk incarcerated adolescent population. Findings demonstrate that HIV prevention interventions for high risk populations may be successfully adapted and condensed when based on rigorously evaluated and theoretically driven programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-50
Number of pages14
JournalHealth Education and Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2010


  • Adapted intervention
  • HIV prevention
  • Incarcerated adolescents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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