Family-Based HIV-Prevention for Adolescents with Psychiatric Disorders

  • Geri R. Donenberg
  • Larry Brown
  • Wendy Hadley
  • Chisina Kapungu
  • Celia Lescano
  • Ralph DiClemente


Family factors are influential in both HIV/AIDS-risk behavior and mental illness, and thus, families can be a critical resource in HIV/AIDS prevention efforts, especially for young people with psychiatric problems. Surprisingly few HIV-risk reduction programs capitalize on the strengths of families to prevent risk behavior while simultaneously addressing mental health. This chapter reviews current research on the association of mental health, HIV/AIDS-risk behavior, and behavioral interventions with special emphasis on the role of families in improving health outcomes for young people. Given the paucity of available empirically validated family-based interventions, we describe an innovative and highly promising program for teens with in mental health treatment based on the Social-Personal Framework of HIV/AIDS-risking mental health issues.


Mental Health Treatment Risky Sexual Behavior Mental Health Issue Parental Monitoring Psychiatric Care 
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This research was supported by NIMH (R01MH63008). We gratefully acknowledge the administrators and clinical staff at the psychiatric hospitals and outpatient mental health clinics in Chicago, Providence, and Atlanta. We also thank the research staff, parents, and adolescents without whom this research could not have been completed. All correspondence should be sent to Geri R. Donenberg, Institute for Juvenile Research, Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago (M/C 747), 1747 W. Roosevelt Road, Rm. 155, Chicago, Illinois 60608. E-mail:


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geri R. Donenberg
    • 1
  • Larry Brown
  • Wendy Hadley
  • Chisina Kapungu
  • Celia Lescano
  • Ralph DiClemente
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, School of Public HealthUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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