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.
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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