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Sex, drugs and AIDS: issues for hospitalized emotionally disturbed youth.

Authors
  • Di Scipio, W J
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Psychiatric quarterly
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1994
Volume
65
Issue
2
Pages
149–155
Identifiers
PMID: 8029376
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Children and youth with serious and persistent emotional disturbances are becoming increasingly more at risk for HIV transmission, particularly when considering the high incidence of child sexual abuse by infected adults among the impoverished, urban population. Brief psychiatric hospitalization affords an opportunity to empower the child victims and reduce risk behaviors in general. An inpatient program for youth is described with an emphasis on "taking care of yourself." High impact teaching methods such as role playing, competency training and raising self efficacy are discussed as critical elements of brief therapeutic interventions.

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