Urban adolescent high-risk sexual behavior: Corroboration of focus group discussions through pile-sorting

B. F. Stanton, R. Aronson, S. Borgatti, J. Galbraith, S. Feigelman, M. Black, L. Kaljee, V. Keane, I. Ricardo, T. L. Whitehead

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Risk activities for acquisition of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) remain prevalent among urban adolescents. While interdisciplinary approaches to examine the variables contributing to risk/protective behaviors have been promoted. strategies for such explorations require further formulation. Recently we employed focus group discussions to explore factors placing urban adolescents at risk for engaging in HIV risk behaviors. The focus group format enables substantial interaction on a topic in a limited time period, but does not always provide expression of the full range of behavioral options. In this study we investigated the use of pile-sorts for confirmation of impressions from focus group discussions among 57 urban youths aged 10-14. The pile-sorts revealed some support for most of the views expressed in the group discussions. However, the sorts revealed more variability in views than was expressed in the group discussions. Substantial gender and age-based differences in perceptions were revealed with potentially important intervention implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-174
Number of pages13
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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