FRI is pleased to announce that the following researchers at its East Coast Social Research Center have recently received grant funding from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD).
Principal Investigator Steven B. Carswell, Ph.D., and Co-Investigator Thomas E. Hanlon, Ph.D., recently received funding for the R00 phase of their K99/R00 award. The primary aim of this three-year continuation entitled “Risk Factors for HIV among Urban African American Youth” is to examine the extent to which specific risk and protective factors predict both perceptions of HIV risk and participation in risky sexual behavior among high-risk African American youth. These youth, currently attending an Alternative Education Program (AEP), have exhibited academic, school conduct, and behavioral problems. Participants will be 200 male and female students, between the ages of 12 and 16. Half of the participants will be assessed the first project year and the remainder assessed in the second year. This research study has the potential to provide a greater understanding of issues related to perceptions of HIV risk and participation in risky sexual behaviors among high-risk urban African American youth. Findings from the study will be of significance to the field of public health by filling important knowledge gaps in terms of risk for HIV infection among such youth.