Confronting the Challenge of AIDS among Adolescents: Directions for Future Research

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To effectively combat the AIDS health crisis among adolescents, future research must address three key issues: (a) the risk of disease for culturally differing adolescent populations, particularly African-American adolescents; (b) the need for empirical investigations to identify and understand the variables influencing adolescents ‘adoption of HIV-preventive sexual practices; and (c) the development of more effective prevention programs to reduce adolescents’ existing HIV-associated risk behaviors. This article reviews the relevance of these issues for prevention research and suggests policy recommendations. These recommendations argue for: (a) expanded funding for basic behavioral surveys to identify the prevalence of risk-taking behavior among adolescents in general, and among high-risk adolescent subgroups, for example, incarcerated and homeless adolescents; (b) encouraging more epidemiologic and ethnographic research to understand the psychosocial and cultural variables associated with high and low-risk behavior among understudied and underserved racial/ethnic populations such as African-American adolescents; and (c) urging that evaluation of HIV prevention programs include multisite trials and larger samples in ethnically and geographically diverse populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-166
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Adolescent Research
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

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Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
AIDS
adolescent
Risk-Taking
HIV
African Americans
risk behavior
Population
Adolescent Behavior
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Research
funding
Disease
Health
health
evaluation

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Confronting the Challenge of AIDS among Adolescents : Directions for Future Research. / DiClemente, Ralph.

In: Journal of Adolescent Research, Vol. 8, No. 2, 01.01.1993, p. 156-166.

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