The Psychology of Preventing AIDS Among Intravenous Drug Users: A Social Learning Conceptualization

Don C. Des Jarlais, Samuel R. Friedman

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This article reviews studies of AIDS risk reduction among IV drug users that have been conducted through early 1988. Almost all studies report risk reduction among the majority of subjects. Three principles are derived from the studies: Basic AIDS information is needed to generate motivation for behavior change; means for behavior change must be provided; and methods for reinforcing the new behaviors must then be provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)865-870
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Psychologist
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 1988


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  • Psychology(all)

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