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Participant satisfaction with group and individual components of Adolescent Impact: a secondary prevention intervention for HIV-positive youth

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Abstract:

Adolescent Impact, a developmentally targeted behavioral intervention aimed at decreasing risk behaviors and promoting health care adherence, was delivered to 83 HIV-infected youth, aged 13–21 years, receiving care in five urban HIV centers. Participants completed a patient satisfaction survey following the 12 part intervention consisting of seven groups and five individual sessions. A feedback questionnaire was also completed during each group session to gain more insight on participant experiences. Several indicators suggested high levels of satisfaction. First, overall attendance was relatively high. Second, participants rated their subjective experience and group content favorably. No differences in satisfaction ratings emerged between perinatally infected adolescents and those who acquired HIV through risk behaviors. However, differences emerged regarding perceived intervention utility and content-specific preferences. Findings suggest that Adolescent Impact participants were satisfied with the intervention and that a heterogeneous group of HIV-infected youth could be advantageously integrated into the same secondary prevention program.

Keywords: HIV; adolescents; intervention; satisfaction; youth

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2011.592817

Affiliations: 1: Adolescent Medicine,Children's National Medical Center, Washington,DC, USA 2: Department of Pediatrics,New York University Medical Center, New York,NY, USA 3: Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta,GA, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2012

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