Gender differences on HIV/AIDS-related issues among psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents

F. A. Paniagua, M. O'Boyle, Karen Wagner

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Abstract

Sixty one female and 47 male adolescents (12 to 17 years old) admitted to a psychiatric unit were surveyed regarding HIV/AIDS-related issues. The racial composition includes 64.8% White, 14.8% Black, 13.9% Hispanics, 3.7% Asians, and 2.8% American Indians. Major Depression (29%), Bipolar Disorder (22%), and Adjustment Disorder (15%) constitute the most frequent psychiatric diagnoses. Overall, females demonstrated more HIV/AIDS knowledge and endorsed more positive attitudinal and self-efficacy items than males. Females were more inclined to perceive themselves as less susceptible to HIV infection. Females were also less likely to answer 'don't know' to factual and misconception item HIV/AIDS-related items. Recommendations are provided to clinicians, educators, and researchers interested in the development and implementation of HIV/AIDS education programs for emotionally disturbed adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-63
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education for Adolescents and Children
Volume1
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997

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Hospitalized Adolescent
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
HIV
Adjustment Disorders
Asian Americans
Self Efficacy
Bipolar Disorder
Hispanic Americans
Mental Disorders
HIV Infections
Psychiatry
Research Personnel
Depression
Education

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Females
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Males
  • Psychiatric settings

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Gender differences on HIV/AIDS-related issues among psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents. / Paniagua, F. A.; O'Boyle, M.; Wagner, Karen.

In: Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education for Adolescents and Children, Vol. 1, No. 3-4, 1997, p. 53-63.

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