Respeto/Proteger - INACTIVE
The program is designed for and evaluated in community-based settings, including community-based organizations and health centers.
Center for Community-Based Health Promotion with Women & Children
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
School of Nursing
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900
- Session I: Understanding Each Other. This session is intended to establish the sentiments of parental protectiveness among the participants and demonstrate how these sentiments relate to family health and safety. Discussion topics include taking responsibility, being a role model, and goals for the future.
- Session II: Male/Female Relationships. This session focuses on respectful and healthy behavior within a relationship through discussion and storytelling. It also provides an introduction to STDs and HIV.
- Session III: The Life Cycle/Young Parenthood. This session deals with the consequences of actions, and asks participants to contemplate how contracting a disease such as HIV would affect their families. It includes a guest lecture by an HIV-positive parent.
- Session IV: Barriers to condom use and other safe practices are discussed in the context of gender roles and cultural norms. Participants are divided by gender. This session also covers HIV transmission and testing procedures.
- Session V: This session focuses on the decision-making process and uses a game to explore high- versus low-risk behaviors. Through a video and group discussion, this session also covers violence and substance abuse.
- Session VI: During the final session, participants revisit the personal goals they identified in Session I and discuss the actions they must take to achieve these goals. They also draft and share a letter to their child discussing their aspiration for the child’s future.
Community and academic partners integrated HIV prevention strategies into Respeto/Proteger based on Social Cognitive Theory, the Theory of Reasoned Action, and concepts from the theory of gender and power with strategies from El Joven Noble and Con Los Padres programs.
The program is delivered in six 2-hour sessions.
Koniak-Griffin et al. 2008
Lesser et al. 2009
Koniak-Griffin et al. 2011
This study evaluated the program with a randomized controlled trial involving high-risk mothers and fathers recruited from community-based locations in Los Angeles County, California. Couples were randomly assigned to either a treatment group that was offered the program or to a control group that received a 90-minute didactic HIV prevention curriculum. Surveys were administered immediately before the intervention (baseline), immediately after the intervention, and at follow-ups conducted three, six, and 12 months after the program ended.