Community-based service providers often hire youth living with HIV (YLH) as peer leaders for delivering HIV education to uninfected adolescents.
Life narratives were collected from 44 YLH during a hypotheses-generating two-year ethnographic study.
About 30% of the youth were employed as peer educators.
While 60% of the 44 youth had a lower-class background, only 23% of the peer leaders were lower class.
One-fifth of the sample were female, but more than one-half of the peer leaders were female.
After identifying and categorizing difficulties experienced by the peer leaders, a frequency count of each theme was conducted.
Issues about professional boundaries were evident in 38.5% of the youth's narratives, indicating conflicts in their roles as peer leaders ; 23% of the youth engaged in substance use and sexual behaviors that placed themselves and uninfected youth in their peer educator programs at risk ; and 8% of the youth reported relapse while peer leaders.
The observations suggest reconsideration or restructuring of existing peer-education models that employ YLH.
Mots-clés Pascal : SIDA, Virose, Infection, Asymptomatique, Leadership, Education santé, Prévention, Relation interpair, Interaction sociale, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Adolescent, Homme, Adulte jeune, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Asymptomatic, Leadership, Health education, Prevention, Peer relation, Social interaction, United States, North America, America, Adolescent, Human, Young adult, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0255080
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 16/11/1999.