"Islands of risk"

Subgroups of adolescents at risk for HIV

Christopher D. Houck, Celia M. Lescano, Larry K. Brown, Marina Tolou-Shams, Jonathon Thompson, Ralph DiClemente, M. Isabel Fernandez, David Pugatch, William E. Schlenger, Barbara J. Silver

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Abstract

Objective: To use cluster analysis to determine profiles of adolescents at risk for HIV. Methods: Adolescents 15-21 years old (N = 1153) with a history of unprotected sex were assessed in five domains of risk (unprotected sex, alcohol/marijuana use, other drug use, mental health crises, and arrest/school dropout) as well as demographic, contextual, and behavioral variables. Results: Cluster analysis revealed separate three-cluster solutions for males and females. Among males, clusters were characterized by (a) mental health crises and unprotected sex, (b) alcohol/marijuana use and unprotected sex, and (c) lower risk. Among females, clusters were distinguished by (a) unprotected sex, (b) substance use and mental health crises, and (c) lower risk. Cluster membership was associated with secondary variables related to sexual risk. Conclusions: Even within populations of high-risk adolescents, subgroups exist for which specific risk factors co-occur, particularly unprotected sex, mental health crises, and substance use. These patterns suggest that effective HIV prevention interventions may need to target the association between mental health and/or substance abuse with sexual risk for some adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)619-629
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Pediatric Psychology
Volume31
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2006

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Unsafe Sex
Islands
HIV
Mental Health
Cannabis
Cluster Analysis
Mental Health Associations
Student Dropouts
Alcohols
Substance-Related Disorders
Demography
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Population

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • HIV
  • Sexual risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Houck, C. D., Lescano, C. M., Brown, L. K., Tolou-Shams, M., Thompson, J., DiClemente, R., ... Silver, B. J. (2006). "Islands of risk": Subgroups of adolescents at risk for HIV. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 31(6), 619-629. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpepsy/jsj067

"Islands of risk" : Subgroups of adolescents at risk for HIV. / Houck, Christopher D.; Lescano, Celia M.; Brown, Larry K.; Tolou-Shams, Marina; Thompson, Jonathon; DiClemente, Ralph; Fernandez, M. Isabel; Pugatch, David; Schlenger, William E.; Silver, Barbara J.

In: Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Vol. 31, No. 6, 01.07.2006, p. 619-629.

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Houck, CD, Lescano, CM, Brown, LK, Tolou-Shams, M, Thompson, J, DiClemente, R, Fernandez, MI, Pugatch, D, Schlenger, WE & Silver, BJ 2006, '"Islands of risk": Subgroups of adolescents at risk for HIV', Journal of Pediatric Psychology, vol. 31, no. 6, pp. 619-629. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpepsy/jsj067
Houck CD, Lescano CM, Brown LK, Tolou-Shams M, Thompson J, DiClemente R et al. "Islands of risk": Subgroups of adolescents at risk for HIV. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2006 Jul 1;31(6):619-629. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpepsy/jsj067
Houck, Christopher D. ; Lescano, Celia M. ; Brown, Larry K. ; Tolou-Shams, Marina ; Thompson, Jonathon ; DiClemente, Ralph ; Fernandez, M. Isabel ; Pugatch, David ; Schlenger, William E. ; Silver, Barbara J. / "Islands of risk" : Subgroups of adolescents at risk for HIV. In: Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2006 ; Vol. 31, No. 6. pp. 619-629.
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