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New research on family-based HIV prevention presented at annual NIH conference
Date:10/7/2008

, since they have higher rates of risky sexual behavior and substance abuse and are more likely to have other mental health issues," says lead author Marina Toulou-Shams, PhD, of the BHCRC. "We wanted to take a closer look at the relationship between family factors and HIV risk among this population in hopes of developing more effective family-based HIV prevention interventions."

Tolou-Shams and colleagues examined data collected from 57 teens participating in a pilot HIV prevention intervention program for juvenile drug court offenders. All participants completed a computerized survey designed to measure sexual risk behaviors, parenting issues (including parent-child communication and parental supervision) and family involvement and responsiveness.

Researchers discovered that teens who reported that their families had greater involvement and appropriate responsiveness were more likely to have protected sex. General family functioning, parent-child communication, parental monitoring and positive parenting were not significantly associated with changes in adolescent sexual risk behaviors.

"Novel intervention approaches, such as family-based HIV prevention and a focus on teaching parents and teens how to manage their feelings rather than the more traditional skills-based tactics, may be important in reducing the HIV risk of juvenile offenders," says Tolou-Shams, who is also an assistant professor of psychiatry (research) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.


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