Added Benefits: Reduced Depressive Symptom Levels Among African-American Female Adolescents Participating in an HIV Prevention Intervention 

Journal of Behavioral Medicine, October 2014, Volume 37, Issue 5, pp 912–920

Posted: 20 Nov 2017

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Lindner College of Bus. RPS Submitter

University of Cincinnati - Lindner College of Business

Michael D. Eriksen

University of Cincinnati - Department of Finance - Real Estate

Date Written: December 24, 2013

Abstract

Adolescents experience elevated depressive symptoms which health promotion interventions may reduce. This study investigated whether HIV prevention trial participation decreased depressive symptoms among African-American female adolescents. Adolescents (N = 701; M age = 17.6) first received a group-delivered HIV prevention intervention and then either 12 sexual health (intervention condition) or 12 general health (comparison condition) phone counseling contacts over 24 months. ACASI assessments were conducted at baseline, and at 6-, 12-, 18-, and 24-months post-baseline. Linear generalized estimating equations were used to detect percent relative change in depressive symptoms. Participants reported a 2.7 % decrease in depressive symptoms (p = 0.001) at each assessment. Intervention participants endorsed an additional 3.6 % decrease in depressive symptoms (p = 0.058). Trial participation was associated with reduced depressive symptomatology, particularly among those receiving personalized sexual health counseling. HIV prevention interventions may benefit from incorporating additional content to address adolescents’ mental health needs.

Keywords: Depression, Depressive symptoms, HIV prevention intervention, African-American adolescents, Adolescent women 

Suggested Citation

RPS Submitter, Lindner College of Bus. and Eriksen, Michael D., Added Benefits: Reduced Depressive Symptom Levels Among African-American Female Adolescents Participating in an HIV Prevention Intervention  (December 24, 2013). Journal of Behavioral Medicine, October 2014, Volume 37, Issue 5, pp 912–920, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3072586

Lindner College of Bus. RPS Submitter (Contact Author)

University of Cincinnati - Lindner College of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 210195
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0195
United States

Michael D. Eriksen

University of Cincinnati - Department of Finance - Real Estate ( email )

College of Business Administration
Cincinnati, OH 45221
United States

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