CDIS Researchers, along with colleague Christina Young, PhD of Stanford University School of Medicine, published findings on the effect of the IMARA (Informed, Motivated, Aware and Responsible about AIDS) program on externalizing and internalizing symptoms and an exploratory analysis of whether symptom improvements were associated with the protective effect of treatment against future sexually transmitted infections (STIs), demonstrated in previous studies. IMARA is a group-based mother–daughter intervention addressing mental health and STIs among African American teenagers. They found IMARA shows promise in modestly reducing self-reported externalizing symptoms, although only for participants with high scores at baseline.
Kendall AD, Young CB, Bray BC, Emerson EM, Freels S, Donenberg GR. Changes in externalizing and internalizing symptoms among African American female adolescents over 1 year following a mother-daughter sexual health intervention. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2020 Jun;88(6):495-503. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000491. Epub 2020 Mar 5. PMID: 32134286; PMCID: PMC8659135.