Regulating Emotion to Reduce HIV Risk in Delinquent Youth

This study will develop a computerized intervention to train youth to regulate their emotions. This strategy is based on our previous successful experiences developing computerized interventions. We will develop a computerized intervention to reduce HIV risk behaviors grounded in a framework that augments Social Cognitive strategies by increasing the adolescents’ skills to manage affect and self-regulate. The CARE (Controlling and Regulating Emotions) intervention will target situations in which sexual risk behaviors occur and develop skills that allow adolescents to recognize intense affect, build strategies for tolerating intense affect and interrupt cycles of maladaptive expressions of affect in those situations.

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Author(s): Marguerita Lightfoot
Population: Youth