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Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2001 Mar;22(2):159-72.

AIDS and drug use prevention intervention for confined youthful offenders.

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College of Nursing, Howard University, 501 Bryant St. NW, Room 255, Washington DC 20059, USA.


This paper presents pilot work to develop and test an intervention designed to reduce high-risk behaviors that lead to the development of HIV infection in adolescents. The intervention was designed for youth that have high-risk behaviors, a history of drug us or both. The intervention was based upon Peer Counseling and Leadership Techniques (PCLT) that have been successfully implemented with adult offender populations. These methods were modified to address the specific aims of the pilot study were two fold: (1) to evaluate the modifications of the intervention, and (2) to test the short-term outcomes regarding knowledge acquisition, enhancement of self-esteem, and readiness to change behavior.

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