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Blending Prevention Models: An Effective Substance Use and HIV Prevention Program for Minority Youth


Illicit drug use and rates of HIV infection among youth have increased over the past decade, indicating the need effective substance use and HIV prevention programs. Particularly at risk are minority youth living in poor urban environments. This study examines effectiveness of an innovative prevention program that blends the “All Star” substance abuse prevention model with the “Popular Opinion Leader” model for HIV prevention. In general, the results indicate non-significant increases in drug and sex risk, behavior and significant positive changes and trends in related areas (i.e., changes in perception, self esteem) thought to be related to drug use and risky sexual behavior.

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Sally Stevens and Velia Leybas-Amedia are affiliated with the Southwest Institute for Research on Women, University of Arizona. Beth Bourdeau is affiliated with the Pima Prevention Partnership, Tucson, AZ. Lovelle McMichael and Alan Nyitray are affiliated with the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Tucson, AZ.

Financial assistance for this project was provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Grant# SP08916. The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not reflect official positions of the government.

The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation and the authors would like to acknowledge the staff at the Tucson Urban League Academy Charter School and Luz Social Services Charter School for their assistance and support of the Check Yourself Youth Team prevention project.

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Stevens, S., Leybas-Amedia, V., Bourdeau, B. et al. Blending Prevention Models: An Effective Substance Use and HIV Prevention Program for Minority Youth. Child Adolesc Soc Work J 23, 4–23 (2006).

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