HIV prevention for adolescents: Utility of the health belief model

L. K. Brown, R. J. DiClemente, L. A. Reynolds

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The Health Belief Model (HBM) has been applied to diverse sets of health behaviors. Research that suggests difficulties of the HBM in predicting future behaviors, especially HIV-related, is reviewed. Prominent features of adolescence that influence HIV-related risk behaviors are discussed including: cognitive immaturity, struggle for psychological autonomy, peer influences, and physical development. It is suggested that a model is needed to guide prevention efforts, and that these adolescent-specific factors need to be incorporated into any such model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-59
Number of pages10
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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