The CDC HIV Surveillance Report of 2012 purported 29% of all new HIV diagnoses in 2010 were young females, e.g. 11,413 people. African Americans accounted for 71% of this population (CDC.gov, 2014). The METALS program was a prevention program in Shreveport, Louisiana targeting girls who exhibited delinquent behaviors as defined by Mellins (2011) and was designed to educate participants on the risks, effects, and ways to avoid contracting this virus. The nine African American girls, ages 12 through 16, from METALS served as the participants in this instrumental case study. The researcher sought to: (a) gain insight into the activities and strategies within METALS that led to a change in the perception and understanding of the relationship between HIV/AIDS and risky sexual behavior and (b) to identify the activities that participants attributed to their increased awareness, as well as those recommended by participants to improve the METALS program. The study sought to gain insight into strategies improving the impact of programs designed to prevent the contraction of HIV/AIDS. Data were collected through observations, questionnaires, field notes, and interviews and analyzed through three cycles of coding. The coding process resulted in two overarching themes, i.e. the unintended benefits of the program and the effective components of the program, which encapsulated the strands: (a) interaction and influence, (b) connectivity, (c) social skill development, (d) prevention education, (e) experiential learning, and (f) social interaction and influence. The researcher synthesized the results and constructed the CARE Model to capture the effective components and unintended benefits of the METALS program.
|Commitee:||Moore, Justin, Sutton, Jana|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Monroe|
|Department:||Marriage and Family Therapy|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Therapy, African American Studies, Philosophy|
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