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HIV Risk-Related Attitudes, Interpersonal Influences, and Intentions Among At-Risk Urban, Early Adolescent Girls

October 8, 2008

The study authors sought to examine correlates of sexual experimentation and risk among 236 urban, early adolescent girls (age 12.38 ± 1.2 years) by comparing measures of HIV risk-related attitudes, interpersonal influences, and intentions.

Girls in high sexual experimentation and risk groups scored highest on deviant peer norms; endorsements of risky behaviors; and inability to refuse unprotected sex, offset negative partner influences, avoid intercourse, and assert sexual desires. Girls with older versus same-age or younger partners reported greater experimentation.

"Risk correlates should be considered in designing HIV prevention programs," the authors concluded.

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Adapted from:
Amer J of Health Behavior
09.10.2008; Vol. 32; No. 5: P. 497-507; Jennifer Di Noia, Ph.D.; Steven P. Schinke, Ph.D.

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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