Knowledge and perception of STI/HIV risk among rural African-American youth: Lessons learned in a faith-based pilot program

Julie A. Baldwin, Ellen Daley, Emma J. Brown, Euna M. August, Candace Webb, Rikki Stern, Robert Malow, Jessy G. Devieux

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate a pilot program designed to educate African American adolescents living in rural, North Florida about STIs/HIV and to compare the effectiveness of peer- and adult-led faith-based, HIV educational programs. Controlling for age and pretest knowledge scores, the summed knowledge score was significantly higher at posttest for the adult-led group than the teen-led group. Participants' perceived risk of acquiring HIV also increased significantly for the adult-led group. Significant pretest differences between the two groups narrowed at posttest. This pilot study has the potential to inform future, faith-based interventions for African American youth that utilize peer leaders to educate and conduct outreach on HIV/AIDS issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-114
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children and Youth
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 14 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • African American youth
  • Faith-based programs
  • Rural programs
  • STI/HIV Prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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