Effects of a Culturally Adapted HIV Prevention Intervention in Haitian Youth

Robert M. Malow, Judith A. Stein, Robert C. McMahon, Jessy G. Dévieux, Rhonda Rosenberg, Michèle Jean-Gilles

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This study assessed the impact of an 8-week community-based translation of Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART), an HIV intervention that has been shown to be effective in other at-risk adolescent populations. A sample of Haitian adolescents living in the Miami area was randomized to a general health education control group (n = 101) or the BART intervention (n = 145), which was based on the information-motivation-behavior (IMB) model. Improvement in various IMB components (i.e., attitudinal, knowledge, and behavioral skills variables) related to condom use was assessed 1 month after the intervention. Longitudinal structural equation models using a mixture of latent and measured multi-item variables indicated that the intervention significantly and positively impacted all IMB variables tested in the model. These BART intervention-linked changes reflected greater knowledge, greater intentions to use condoms in the future, higher safer sex self-efficacy, an improved attitude about condom use, and an enhanced ability to use condoms after the 8-week intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)110-121
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • adolescence
  • haitian
  • HIV prevention
  • sexual risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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