Families Matter! Presexual Risk Prevention Intervention

At the time of the study, the authors were with the Center for Global Health, Division of Global HIV/AIDS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.
American Journal of Public Health (Impact Factor: 4.55). 09/2013; 103(11). DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301417
Source: PubMed


Parent-based HIV prevention programming may play an important role in reaching youths early to help establish lifelong patterns of safe and healthy sexual behaviors. Families Matter! is a 5-session, evidence-based behavioral intervention designed for primary caregivers of children aged 9 to 12 years to promote positive parenting and effective parent-child communication about sexuality and sexual risk reduction. The program's 5-step capacity-building model was implemented with local government, community, and faith-based partners in 8 sub-Saharan African countries with good intervention fidelity and high levels of participant retention. Families Matter! may be useful in other resource-constrained settings. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print September 12, 2013: e1-e5. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301417).

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