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Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health


Developmental Paths to HIV Risk Among American Indian Adults

Project Title
Mitchell K02 Proposal: Developmental Paths to HIV Risk
Funding Source
Dates of Funding
Principle Investigator(s)
Christina Mitchell, Ph.D.
Center Staff Involved
Christina Mitchell, Ph.D.
Specific Aims/Research Goals:
  1. To determine the underlying structure of HIV risk/protective knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors (KABs) in 2 AI samples
  2. to understand prevalence and underlying structure of psychopathology among 2 samples of AI adolescents and young adults;
  3. using 2 psychosocial theories—Social Cognitive Theory and Stress-Vulnerability Theory—to explore psychiatric and psychosocial risk/protective factors for and pathways leading to psychopathology among this group; and
  4. to build on these 3 previous steps to model critical relationships among risk/protective factors, psychiatric disorder, and psychopathology as predictors of HIV KABs.

Research Design:

Secondary data analyses of Healthy Ways data.


See Healthy Ways description.


See Healthy Ways description.


Mitchell, C. M., & Kaufman, C. E. (2002). Structure of HIV knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors among Amreican Indian young adults. AIDS Education and Prevention, 14, 381-398.


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