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Development and Acceptability Evaluation of a Novel STI/HIV Prevention Intervention for Couples Affected by Incarceration (NCT03025191)

Yale University
Columbia University
The purpose of this study is to adapt an existing couples-level HIV prevention intervention for community populations (CONNECT I/II; PI: El-Bassel) to enable implementation among couples affected by incarceration (PRISON CONNECT) and pilot test its feasibility and acceptability among men incarcerated in the Connecticut Department of Correction (CTDOC) and their community-dwelling committed female partners.
  • Behavioral: Speaker/Listener technique
    Couple will learn taking turns as the speaker and as the listener who paraphrases the speaker's point.The couple will then identify an issue they have faced in their relationship and will role-play using the technique to discuss it.
    • Behavioral: Social Support
      Identification of and mapping sources of social support and the types of support provided by members of the network. Participants will also identify the strengths and weaknesses of their support network and think through ways to strengthen those networks.
      • Behavioral: Problem-Solving
        Couple will be taught steps to systematically analyze a problem and brainstorm solutions through a short video. Steps include identify the trigger/problem; identify the goal for addressing the problem; brainstorm possible solutions for each partner; evaluate the solutions and pick the best; and act on the best solution.
        • Behavioral: Goal Setting
          Couple will be introduced to the concept of short- and long-term goal setting, including components of goal and planning for potential barriers. The couple will then set a goal for themselves that incorporates the skills obtained during the intervention, such as strengthening ties in their social support network. Participants will fill in a worksheet outlining their goal, potential barriers, and solutions to those barriers.
          Ages eligible for Study
          18 Years and older
          Genders eligible for Study
          Accepts Healthy Volunteers
          Accepts Healthy Volunteers
          Inclusion Criteria:
          • eight HIV-positive and HIV-negative/unknown status male inmates and their partners (N=16 couples, 32 participants). Male Participants
          • at least 18 years of age
          • able to communicate in English, currently
          • incarcerated in the Connecticut Department of Correction (CTDOC), due to be released within three months.
          • have a committed female partner who is not currently incarcerated and willing to participate in the study, and is
          • not concerned participation will cause violence in the relationship. Female partners
          • be able to communicate in English
          • not currently incarcerated
          • confirm the committed partnership with the male inmate and willingness to participate in the study
          • not concerned participation in the study would cause violence in the relationship.
          Exclusion Criteria:
          • restricted to English-speaking participants due to language availability of staff and intervention materials.
          This pilot study will recruit male inmates in the Connecticut Department of Correction and their community-dwelling female partner. Using an adapted version of an efficacious couples-level HIV prevention intervention for community populations (CONNECT; PI: El-Bassel), this study will pilot test a single in-prison intervention session using face-to-face or teleconferencing modalities and a brief community follow-up session. Feasibility and acceptability among the inmates and their partners will be assessed.

          1 locations

          United States (1)
          • New York University School of Medicine
            New York, New York, United States, 10016
          31 December, 2016
          16 January, 2017
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