An AIDS education and Prevention Program for hospitalized adolescents

Lynn E. Ponton, Ralph J. DiClemente, Susan McKenna

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This paper describes the development of a human immunodeficiency virus Prevention Program for a University-based adolescent psychiatric unit. The intervention spans 8 days with components in school, activity therapies, and a specific group that teaches sexual education. Important aspects that have contributed to the success of this intervention include its integration into a general sex education program, the utilization of the psychiatric milieu for promotion of the intervention, the participation of a person with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the educational process, “high tech” components, such as attractive well-designed videos, and assessment and evaluation. The importance of AIDS education for psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents will be further elaborated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)729-734
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1991


  • AIDS
  • adolescence
  • hospital treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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