Title

Hip-Hop to Prevent Substance Use and HIV among African-American Youth: A Preliminary Investigation

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Drug Education

Publication Date

2008

Date Added

2022-05-16

Abstract

Substance use and HIV risk behaviors are increasing among African-American youth. Interventions that incorporate youth values and beliefs are needed to reduce this trajectory. Hip-hop plays an important role in the lives of many African-American youth and provides a context within which to prevent risky behaviors. The current study examines the efficacy of a hip-hop based substance use and HIV preventive intervention that targets African-American middle-school youth. The sample consists of 68 middle-school students who completed baseline and 6-month follow-up assessments. Findings suggest that students in the intervention group were significantly more likely to have higher knowledge of perception of drug risk and more knowledge about HIV/AIDS compared to students in the comparison group at the 6-month post-intervention assessment. Discussion is centered on implications of hip-hop as a viable approach for preventing substance use and HIV within a high-risk group.

DOI

10.2190/DE.38.4.c

Keywords

Health

Disciplines

Psychology

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