263074 Risky behaviors and characteristics of American Indian adolescent girls: Outcomes of an HIV prevention initiative

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 8:30 AM - 8:50 AM

Deborah P. Scott, MPH , Sage Associates, Inc., Houston, TX
BeLieving In Native Girls (BLING) is an HIV and gang prevention intervention at Riverside Indian School for Native American adolescent girls. The residential school is one of four remaining "off-reservation boarding schools" under the direct jurisdiction of the Bureau of Education. The student population is comprised of reservation and non-reservation American Indian students who are members of any federally recognized tribe. BLING is in its fourth year of program activity and is one of ten sites nationally who are part of a cross-site evaluation, funded through the Office on Women's Health. In Year 2, 116 participants between the ages of 13 and 20 completed a comprehensive baseline survey to identify risk and protective factors to determine the effectiveness of the program. A matched 9-month follow-up included 50 of the original participants. This research reports on the initial findings of the cross-site study, and outcomes at 9-months and one-year post intervention. Topic areas include demographics and general characteristics; academic engagement; home neighborhood characteristics and safety; experience and perceptions about gang involvement; problem solving; measures of self-esteem; measures of depression; bullying, sexual experiences and risk taking behaviors; HIV knowledge; history and experience with substance abuse; and history and experience with dating violence.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate an increased understanding of factors leading to sexual risk taking behaviors of AI/AN adolescent girls living in a residential boarding school.

Keywords: American Indians, Adolescents

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the evaluator on multiple federally funded grants focusing on effective intervention strategies for HIV prevention. My current scientific interest is regarding the emotional and mental wellbeing of American Indians and Alaska Native youth and the level of depression and suicide ideation among adolescents.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.