Peer Mentors for Adolescents in HIV Affected Families

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 27, 2003
Last Update Posted : July 29, 2005
Information provided by:
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Brief Summary:
This study will evaluate the effectiveness of a peer mentoring program designed for youths ages 9 to 15 whose parents or guardians are HIV infected. The program will focus on the youths' mental health, school performance, alcohol and drug use, personal and social behaviors, and behaviors that might expose them to HIV. The study is expected to enroll predominantly minority youth.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Adolescent Behavior Health Behavior HIV Seronegativity Behavioral: Peer mentoring program Phase 2

Detailed Description:

This study will conduct an efficacy trial of peer mentoring for a high-risk, predominantly minority population of 9- to 15-year-old youths whose parents are HIV infected. The study will also determine mechanisms (mediating variables) through which peer mentoring improves outcomes for the mentees, for example, consistency and continuity of relationship, teaching/role modeling, emotional support/empathy, advocacy, and behavioral reinforcement. After the conclusion of the efficacy trial, the study will continue through naturalistic longitudinal research for an additional 2 years in order to examine the long-term outcomes of peer mentoring.

Participants are randomized to either the peer mentoring program or a control condition (a recreation program). Surveys are conducted at entry into the study, at 6 months, 1 year, and then annually for 2 years. Youths will also participate in focus groups. The surveys and focus groups will assess the youths’ psychological functioning, academic adjustment, alcohol and drug use, HIV risk behaviors, delinquent/violent behaviors, peer relationships, prosocial activities, and coping/problem-solving skills. The study will also evaluate family outcomes, including parent/guardian functioning and improved permanency planning.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 160 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Peer Mentors for Early Adolescents in HIV-Affected Families
Study Start Date : September 1999
Study Completion Date : November 2004

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MedlinePlus related topics: HIV/AIDS

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. substance use; association with substance using peers

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Ages Eligible for Study:   9 Years to 15 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria

  • HIV infected parent or guardian
  • No previous involvement in the mentoring program
  • Adolescent assent
  • Parental consent

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00056953

United States, New York
Health People
New York, New York, United States, 10455
Sponsors and Collaborators
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Principal Investigator: Stephen Magura, Ph.D. National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.

Publications of Results: Identifier: NCT00056953     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 5R01HD37350-3
First Posted: March 27, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 29, 2005
Last Verified: July 2005

Keywords provided by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD):
health behavior
adolescent behavior
peer mentoring