Robin Stevens

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Recent decades have witnessed a growing emphasis on patients as active consumers of health information. The literature about cancer-related information focuses on active and purposeful information seeking, but a great deal of exposure to cancer-relevant information may happen less purposively (termed information scanning). This article presents results from(More)
Little is known about how patients move among information sources to fulfill unmet needs. We interviewed 43 breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer patients. Using a grounded theory approach, we identified patterns and motivations for movement among information sources. Overall, patients reported using one source (e.g., newspaper) followed by the use of(More)
The present study sought to replicate effects of the number of syndemic psychosocial health conditions on sexual risk behavior and HIV infection among a sample of high-risk African American men who have sex with men (MSM) and to identify resilience factors that may buffer these effects. We used baseline data from an HIV risk-reduction trial to examine(More)
Despite the interest in the effects of the media on sexual behavior, there is no single method for assessing exposure to a particular type of media content (e.g., sex). This paper discusses the development of six sexual content exposure measures based on adolescents' own subjective ratings of the sexual content in titles in 4 media (i.e., television, music,(More)
The Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI; Garner, Olmsted, & Polivy, 1983) is used as a screening instrument for identifying potential anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. It comprises eight subscales: Bulimia, Drive for Thinness, Body Dissatisfaction, Maturity Fears, Introceptive Awareness, Perfectionism, Interpersonal Distrust, and Ineffectiveness. We examined(More)
Investigated the efficacy of teaching students at-risk for academic failure to deal more adaptively with school-related stress. Forty-eight beginning high school students previously identified by their grade six teachers as likely to fail in grade seven were assigned randomly to one of three groups: A coping skills training group, a counselor intervention(More)
More prevention effort is required as the HIV epidemic increases among gay and transgender African American youth. Using ecological systems theory and an integrative model of behaviour change, this study examines the sexual behaviour of gay and transgender African American young people as embedded within the unique social and structural environments(More)
Although overall HIV rates have declined in the U.S. over the past two decades, these declines have been accompanied by steady growth in infection rates among African Americans, creating persistent racial disparities in HIV infection. News media have been instrumental in educating and informing the public about the epidemic. This content analytic study(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine how girls and young women living in disadvantaged urban neighborhoods make decisions relating to sexual debut and HIV prevention. DESIGN Thirty semistructured in-depth interviews. We used a socioecological approach to investigate the role of neighborhood and social context on sexual decision making. SETTING Community-based(More)
The direction-adaptive discrete wavelet transform (DADWT) proves to be a very competitive alternative in scalable wavelet-based compression of images, yielding impressive compression performance gains in comparison to the classical DWT. A major limitation of DADWT though stems from its complexity, requiring an exhaustive search for the optimum prediction(More)