This rigorous three-arm randomized experiment tests whether an innovative multi-year parent-mediated HIV intervention, Preparing Our Sons and Daughters for Healthy Futures, reduces HIV risks among African American youth living in high-poverty urban neighborhoods. About 1500 families with 6th graders in New York City public schools are being enrolled and will be followed through 9th grade. One-third of the families will be randomly assigned to receive sets of audio-CDs that provide role model stories of how parents can effectively monitor their sons’ and daughters’ behaviors, set household rules, provide support, and communicate their values regarding sexual initiation, sexual safety, and other risks related to HIV. Another third will receive print materials covering similar topics, and a control group will receive general health promotion materials. Telephone surveys of parents and classroom surveys of youth will be conducted annually to assess program effectiveness. If found to be effective, Healthy Futures will provide a feasible and affordable prevention program for reaching large numbers of families.
Director: Lydia O'Donnell
Funders: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development