Family-based HIV-Prevention for adolescents with psychiatric disorders

Geri R. Donenberg, Larry Brown, Wendy Hadley, Chisina Kapungu, Celia Lescano, Ralph Diclemente

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Family factors are influential in both HIV/AIDS-risk behavior and mental illness, and thus, families can be a critical resource in HIV/AIDS prevention efforts, especially for young people with psychiatric problems. Surprisingly few HIV-risk reduction programs capitalize on the strengths of families to prevent risk behavior while simultaneously addressing mental health. This chapter reviews current research on the association of mental health, HIV/AIDS-risk behavior, and behavioral interventions with special emphasis on the role of families in improving health outcomes for young people. Given the paucity of available empirically validated family-based interventions, we describe an innovative and highly promising program for teens with in mental health treatment based on the Social-Personal Framework of HIV/AIDS-risking mental health issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFamily and HIV/AIDS
Subtitle of host publicationCultural and Contextual Issues in Prevention and Treatment
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781461404392
ISBN (Print)146140438X, 9781461404385
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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