Adolescents and AIDS: a generation in jeopardy

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Sage Publications, 1992 - Medical - 314 pages
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Recipient of Choice Magazine's 1993 Outstanding Academic Book Award There hasn't been a resource to inform readers about the HIV risk confronting our adolescent population--until now! In Adolescents and AIDS, leading researchers in health, medicine, sociology, and psychology describe the risks to this vulnerable population. Divided into three parts (epidemiology, prevention/risk reduction, and policy), this comprehensive book addresses not only adolescents in general, but includes specific chapters on high-risk populations such as minority, incarcerated, and homeless youth. The authors explore the data and theoretical underpinnings necessary for designing and implementing effective risk-reduction and prevention programs by approaching the AIDS epidemic as a social and developmental crisis that adolescents are ill-prepared to address. While proposing appropriate theoretical models for behavior change, the book also evaluates the effectiveness of various intervention strategies ranging from school-based programs to mass-media approaches and offers public policy recommendations for intervening for this population. Health professionals, researchers, policy analysts, clinicians counselors and students will find this timely text a valuable resource. "DiClemente has assembled a renowned group of researchers and behavioral scientists to develop and disseminate information on effective HIV/AIDS prevention programs for youth. . . . [His] objective in this edited work was to bridge the chasm between epidemiology, behavior change theory, prevention research, and public policy. The knowledge from these four areas were brought together with skill, clarity, and timeliness. . . . DiClemente brought together a respected group of analysts who have both heightened the level of discussion and challenged new thinking." --Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare "Adolescents and AIDS is a timely and readable book that clearly identifies adolescents as a group or 'generation' threatened by the AIDS epidemic, and provides the reader with the means for understanding how that threat is posed and how it can be effectively addressed. . . .DiClemente and his contributors, all leaders in their respective fields, clearly document the extent of the existing problem of AIDS in adolescents. . . . One of this volume's greatest strengths is its multidisciplinary approach to the problem. . . . Each of the fifteen chapters addresses a distinct topic yet contains or concludes with a discussion of how the material applies to policy, programming, or practice. The result is an integrated and focused, yet broad address of the multifaceted problem of adolescents and their risk for AIDS. . . . This volume comprehensively addresses the multifaceted problems of AIDS, risk behavior, and adolescents. DiClemente and his fellow-contributors have put together an insightful text that can be used to guide decision-making in clinical practice, program design, and policy development. This book should be required reading for anyone who works with families and adolescents in the fields of education, mental health, health care, and social service, and/or is concerned with the current and future well-being of adolescents and young adults." --Child, Youth & Family Services Quarterly "The editor has done a remarkable job in collecting information. . . . This book should be required reading by all people who are concerned with the youths of today and the problems they face with AIDS. This includes behavioral and medical researchers, counselors, practitioners, policy analysts, program administrators, planners, and others. Highly recommended for all libraries." --AIDS Book Review Journal "The chapters are all by leading individuals and present the cutting edge of what is known about adolescents and AIDS. I have especially enjoyed those articles that talk about theory, design, and evaluation. These are very difficult to find in the normal literature that is available. In fact, I am using a number of chapters from the book in my class on Assessment and Treatment of Adolescent Problems. . . . The volume has also been extremely useful to me as a reference work when I need to cross-check various issues. It has both breadth and depth concerning adolescents and AIDS, which makes it extremely useful to researchers and teachers in the field." --Arlene Rubin Stiffman, George Warren Brown School of Social Work "This is a marvelous book that brings together the leading experts from many fields to focus on HIV in adolescents. It contains illuminating discussions of youth-at-risk, the epidemiology of AIDS, policy perspectives, and strategies that will stem the epidemic. The chapters contain the latest findings from research-in-progress that informs our thinking about the risk of HIV in adolescents and material practical to clinical work, ethical concerns, and prevention efforts. This information will help any professional concerned with adolescents better understand what we know about the complex impact of HIV upon adolescents and recognize the areas that are yet to be explored. Anyone who works with adolescents will find this book informative, helpful, and stimulating." --Larry K. Brown, M.D., Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University "AIDS/HIV as it affects adolescents is thoroughly discussed via three principal areas, i.e., epidemiology, prevention, and policy/legal perspectives. Individual authors provide a wealth of statistics and data to emphasize the growing risk and impact that HIV/AIDS is having on young people. . . . The use of mass media is very effectively addressed in one chapter and includes the overall effectiveness, e.g., credibility, exposure, influence; cost and feasibility; and barriers. This well-written, well-documented work teems with important, relevant information and would make a valuable addition to any type of library." --Choice "...The success of the book...is in the strength achieved by collecting a thoughtful, well-integrated source book that has the potential to be of use to behavioral and medical researchers, practitioners, program administrators, and policy analysts." --Alice Radosh, Ph.D., Director of AIDS Evaluation Projects

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Contents

Adolescents at Risk for HIV Infection
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Monitoring Adolescents Response to the AIDS
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Psychosocial Determinants of Condom
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Dr. Ralph J. DiClemente is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health and associate director, Emory Center for AIDS Research. He holds concurrent appointments as professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, and Immunology; and the Department of Psychiatry. He was most recently chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. Dr. DiClemente was trained as a health psychologist at the University of California San Francisco where he received his PhD in 1984 after completing an MSPH in Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health and his undergraduate degree at the City University of New York. Dr. DiClemente has published extensively in the area of HIV/STD prevention, particularly among adolescents and young adults. He has authored more than 200 articles, chapters and books.

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