Tracking high-risk adolescents longitudinally

M. Gwadz, M. J. Rotheram-Borus

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Longitudinal tracking methods rarely have been documented. A discussion is provided here of tracking methods and strategies used in assessing the effectiveness of an AIDS prevention intervention with high-risk adolescents over four years. We demonstrated an ability to follow 92% of a sample of unstable youths in a difficult urban environment. Successful recontacting of youths depended on the structure of the project in the recruitment phases, strategic choice of interviewers, a cost-effective payment schedule and other motivators, knowledge of appropriate social service agencies that could provide information on youths, and methods to elicit cooperation. Confidentiality and other ethical issues are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-82
Number of pages14
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Issue numberSPEC. SUPPL.
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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