AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 17, Issue 8, pp 2773–2780 | Cite as

Affect Management for HIV Prevention with Adolescents in Therapeutic Schools: The Immediate Impact of Project Balance

  • Larry K. BrownEmail author
  • Christopher Houck
  • Geri Donenberg
  • Erin Emerson
  • Kelly Donahue
  • Jesse Misbin
Original Paper


Adolescents in therapeutic schools are at greater risk for HIV and other STIs than their peers due to earlier higher rates of sexual risk and difficulty managing strong emotions. HIV prevention programs that incorporate techniques for affect management (AM) during sexual situations may be beneficial. This paper determined the immediate impact of such an intervention, AM, compared to a standard, skills-based HIV prevention intervention and a general health promotion intervention (HP) for 377 youth, ages 13–19, in therapeutic schools in two cities. 1 month after the intervention, analyses that adjusted for the baseline scores found adolescents in AM were more likely to report condom use at last sex than those in HP (0.89 vs. 0.67, p = 0.02) and that their HIV knowledge was significantly greater. These data suggest that AM techniques might improve the impact of standard skills-based prevention programs for adolescents in therapeutic schools.


Adolescents Therapeutic schools Affect management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Larry K. Brown
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christopher Houck
    • 1
  • Geri Donenberg
    • 2
  • Erin Emerson
    • 2
  • Kelly Donahue
    • 2
  • Jesse Misbin
    • 1
  1. 1.Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research CenterRhode Island Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.Institution for Juvenile ResearchUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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