HIV susceptibility among high-risk adolescents

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dc.contributor.advisor Rothlisberg, Barbara A. (Barbara Ann) en_US Bulow, Barbara A. en_US 2011-06-03T19:23:43Z 2011-06-03T19:23:43Z 1998 en_US 1998
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 1998 .B85 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to explore the association among risk behaviors, HIV/AIDS knowledge, and cognitive variables in high-risk adolescents. Subjects were 82 youth (50 males and 32 females) residing in a Midwest residential treatment facility for abused, neglected, or delinquent children and adolescents. The mean age of the adolescents was 14.6 years. Self-report measures of AIDS knowledge, invulnerability, self-efficacy, locus of control, sensation seeking, and risk involvement were administered in counterbalanced order. Data were analyzed using hierarchical multiple regression analysis to examine the relation between risk behaviors and scores on invulnerability, locus of control, self-efficacy, and sensation seeking measures once age and AIDS knowledge were controlled in the initial steps. Although age and knowledge of AIDS were related positively to the likelihood of behavioral risk taking, the combination of cognitive variables explained an additional 23% of the variance in risk behaviors and accounted for the largest proportion of shared variability. Therefore, adolescents' risk behaviors appeared to be determined by their cognitive beliefs to a greater degree than by their knowledge of the consequences of such behavior. The importance of cognitive factors in the apparent behavior choices that adolescents make suggests that educational prevention programs need to consider more than just the sharing of knowledge in addressing issues of risky behavior. Instead, the perceptions of adolescents toward sensation seeking and other cognitive characteristics also must be considered. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Educational Psychology
dc.format.extent vi, 89 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh AIDS (Disease) in adolescence -- Prevention. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Risk-taking (Psychology) in adolescence. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Health behavior in adolescence. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Health attitudes. en_US
dc.title HIV susceptibility among high-risk adolescents en_US Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US
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