ERIC Number: ED353537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Incarcerated Adolescents' Engagement in AIDS/HIV High-Risk Behaviors: Ethnic-Racial and Gender Differences.
Harper, Gary W.
Incarcerated youth are a subgroup of adolescents who are at particularly high risk for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection. This study explored ethnic-racial and gender differences in incarcerated adolescents' engagement in Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)/HIV high-risk behaviors. All subjects for the study were residents of state juvenile correctional facilities between the ages of 12 and 19 years old. This included 134 self-identified ethnic-racial minority adolescent males; 239 white American males; 48 ethnic-racial minority females; and 107 white American females. Ethnic-racial minority males reported higher rates of sex-related behaviors and use of drugs and alcohol prior to sexual activity, whereas their white American counterparts reported more general drug- and alcohol-related behaviors. White American females reported more general use, and ethnic-racial minorities reported more use of drugs and alcohol prior to sexual activity. Further research should attempt to further explore ethnic-racial and gender differences in AIDS/HIV high-risk behaviors in order to improve the efficacy of prevention efforts. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Poster presented to the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (100th, Washington, DC, August 14-18, 1992).