Young men who have sex with men are disproportionately affected by HIV=AIDS, yet relatively little is known about the most effective theoretical frameworks for preventive interventions with this population. This study investigated the fit of the Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills (IMB) model for predicting sexual risk among a sample of ethnically diverse young men who have sex with men aged 14 to 21. Path analysis results indicated that the IMB model predicted a moderate amount of variance in primary and secondary sexual risk for young men who have sex with men (r2=.26 and .21, respectively). Fit of this model was acceptable on most indicators of model fit for primary and secondary risk.
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This research was supported by the National Institutes of Health (F31MH077529) and the Comorbidity and Addictions Center, Washington University in St. Louis. The author gratefully acknowledges youth and staff at Affirmations Gay and Lesbian Community Center for their participation in this study.
- Information-motivation-behavior skills model
- Sexual risk