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

Ganga Mahat, Mary A.nn Scoloveno, Cynthia Ayres

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)152-158
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of cultural diversity
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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