Comparison of adolescents' HIV/AIDS knowledge and self-efficacy across two cultures.


This study examines the effectiveness of a HIV/AIDS peer education program, Teens for AIDS Prevention (TAP) in two cultures. A convenience sample of 287 (American and Nepalese) 9th grade students participated in the study. It was found that HIV/AIDS knowledge scores were significantly higher among American adolescents than their Nepalese counterparts only at pre-intervention. American adolescents had significantly higher self-efficacy scores than Nepalese adolescents both at pre-intervention and post-intervention. Adolescent peer education programs could be used to improve adolescent HIV/AIDS knowledge and self-efficacy for limiting sexual risk behavior; however for the educational programs to be effective, it is pertinent that the program is culturally appropriate to the target population.

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@article{Mahat2014ComparisonOA, title={Comparison of adolescents' HIV/AIDS knowledge and self-efficacy across two cultures.}, author={Ganga Mahat and Mary Ann Scoloveno and Cynthia G. Ayres}, journal={Journal of cultural diversity}, year={2014}, volume={21 4}, pages={152-8} }