Title

Efficacy of a Computerized Intervention on HIV and Intimate Partner Violence Among Substance-Using Women in Community Corrections: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Keywords

HIV, Intimate Partner Violence, Substance-Using Women

Abstract

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To test the efficacy of a computerized, group-based HIV and intimate partner violence (IPV) intervention on reducing IPV victimization among substance-using women mandated to community corrections.

METHODS:

Between November 2009 and January 2012, we randomly allocated 306 women from community corrections in New York City to 3 study arms of a computerized HIV and IPV prevention trial: (1) 4 group sessions intervention with computerized self-paced IPV prevention modules (Computerized Women on the Road to Health [WORTH]), (2) traditional HIV and IPV prevention intervention group covering the same HIV and IPV content as Computerized WORTH without computers (Traditional WORTH), and (3) a Wellness Promotion control group. Primary outcomes were physical, injurious, and sexual IPV victimization in the previous 6 months at 12-month follow-up.

RESULTS:

Computerized WORTH participants reported significantly lower risk of physical IPV victimization, severe injurious IPV victimization, and severe sexual IPV victimization at 12-month follow-up when compared with control participants. No significant differences were seen between Traditional WORTH and control participants for any IPV outcomes.

CONCLUSIONS:

The efficacy of Computerized WORTH across multiple IPV outcomes highlights the promise of integrating computerized, self-paced IPV prevention modules in HIV prevention groups.

Original Publication Citation

Gilbert, L., Goddard-Eckrich, D., Hunt, T., Ma, X., Chang, M., Rowe, J., Johnson, K., McCrimmon, T., Goodwin, S., Almonte, M., Shaw, S.A. (2016). Efficacy of a computerized syndemic HIV intervention in reducing partner violence among substance-using women in community corrections: A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Public Health, 106(7), 1278-1286.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2016-7

Publisher

American Journal of Public Health

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Social Work

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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