Yale University

The Influence of Peer Social Networks on Sexual Risk and Service Utilization among Young Fathers

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Funder: CIRA
Project period: 06/27/2011 - 06/26/2012
Grant Type: Pilot Project

Abstract Text:

This proposal is a partnership between the Children's Community Programs of Connecticut (CCP) and the Yale School of Public Health to conduct a small research project to better understand the influence of peer networks on HIV risk among young fathers. CCP's Nurturing families program, which engages high risk young fathers, has identified HIV prevention as a pressing concern among this group. Young fathers are at increased risk for HIV compared to nulliparous adolescents, with the stresses of parenthood often leading to relationship dissolution and new partner acquisition, in addition to a history of high-risk behavior. 1-4 Increasing CCP's research capacity is a major goal of this project. The establishment of a research leadership group at the community based organization will serve as an enduring structure for continuing research at CCP in the future. The leadership group will receive basic research and human subject protection training, champion the research project described in this proposal to gain investment in the research process, and use the results from this study to develop and submit an NIH R34 pilot intervention proposal.