Motivators and barriers to participation of ethnic minority families in a family-based HIV prevention program

Rogério M. Pinto, Mary M. McKay, Donna Baptiste, Carl C. Bell, Sybil Madison-Boyd, Roberta Paikoff, Marla Wilson, Daisy Phillips

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Involving low-income, ethnic minority families in lengthy HIV prevention programs can be challenging. Understanding the motivators and barriers to involvement may help researchers and practitioners design programs that can be used by populations most at risk forHIV exposure. The present study discusses motivators and barriers to involvement in the Collaborative HIV Prevention and Adolescent Mental Health Project (CHAMP), using data from a sample of 118 families that participated at varying levels in the twelve sessions of the program. Most participants chose motivators that reflect their perceptions of individual and/or family needs ("CHAMP might help me, mine, and other families"), and of characteristics of the program, such as CHAMP staff were friendly, CHAMP was fun. Among barriers to involvement, respondents expressed concerns about confidentiality, and about being judged by program staff. Respondents also repolted experiencing many stressful events in their families (e.g., death and violence in the family) that may have been barriers to their involvement. Knowing these motivators and barriers, researchers and practitioners can enhance involvement inHIV prevention programs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity Collaborative Partnerships
Subtitle of host publicationThe Foundation for HIV Prevention Research Efforts
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780203726150
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • African American families
  • Barriers
  • HIV prevention program
  • Involvement
  • Motivators


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