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Tracking high-risk adolescents longitudinally.
Gwadz M; Rotheram-Borus MJ; HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral
January 30, 1993
AIDS Educ Prev. 1992 Fall;Suppl:69-82. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

Longitudinal tracking methods rarely have been documented. A discussion is provided here of tracking methods and strategies used in assessing the effectiveness of an AIDS prevention intervention with high-risk adolescents over four years. We demonstrated an ability to follow 92% of a sample of unstable youths in a difficult urban environment. Successful recontacting of youths depended on the structure of the project in the recruitment phases, strategic choice of interviewers, a cost-effective payment schedule and other motivators, knowledge of appropriate social service agencies that could provide information on youths, and methods to elicit cooperation. Confidentiality and other ethical issues are discussed.

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/*PREVENTION & CONTROL Adolescence Adolescent Behavior Child Contact Tracing/*METHODS Family Female *Homeless Persons Human HIV Infections/*EPIDEMIOLOGY Longitudinal Studies Male New Jersey/EPIDEMIOLOGY New York City/EPIDEMIOLOGY Risk-Taking Social Work Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S. JOURNAL ARTICLE