Evaluation of interventions for gay men: two desiderata

Gold, Ron 2002, Evaluation of interventions for gay men: two desiderata, AIDS care, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 425-429, doi: 10.1080/09540120220123810.

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Title Evaluation of interventions for gay men: two desiderata
Author(s) Gold, Ron
Journal name AIDS care
Volume number 14
Issue number 3
Start page 425
End page 429
Publisher Carfax Publishing Limited
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2002-06
ISSN 0954-0121
Summary This paper was presented in a session at the AIDS Impact conference devoted to a debate on the methods that should be used to evaluate educational interventions. The paper highlights two desiderata for evaluation of interventions directed at gay men. First, the view is presented that there is no acceptable substitute for assessing the effect of an intervention on gay men's sexual behaviour (rather than, for example, their AIDS-related attitudes or beliefs). This view is justified in terms of (a) the differences that exist between AIDS-related thinking in the cold light of day and during actual sexual encounters; and (b) the often faulty nature of intuitions about the factors that contribute to sexual risk-taking and the ways in which it might be reduced. Second, it is argued that the randomized control study design represents the best means for ensuring that interventions will be as effective as possible. Criticisms which have been made of this design are discussed and the conclusion drawn that they do not amount to a strong case against it.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09540120220123810
Field of Research 111710 Health Counselling
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001622

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