“Intervention for Substance Use and Sexual Risk Behavior in Homeless Youth”
This study will evaluate a program called AWARE, which is a voluntary four session group-based motivational interviewing (MI) intervention to reduce substance use and sexual risk behavior among 18-25 year olds who are experiencing homelessness. The hypothesis is that participants who receive AWARE will show greater reductions in substance use and sexual risk behavior over a 12 month period compared to participants who do not receive the program.
Behavioral - AWARE
AWARE consists of four group sessions. The AWARE curriculum involves sharing basic information on sexually transmitted diseases; providing condom use skills training; providing normative feedback on substance use and sexual risk behavior among young adults; discussing unrealistic beliefs about substance use and sexual risk; discussing potential benefits of both cutting down and stopping risky behaviors; and discussing risky situations and coping strategies.
Brief Group MI Intervention for AOD Use and Sexual Risk Behavior in Homeless Youth