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SEXUAL-BEHAVIOR, RISK, INTERVENTION, GENDER, WOMEN, Education & Educational Research, Public Environmental & Occupational Health


Community-based organizations that are engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention and support services often rely on volunteers. This article describes the development of a 22-item inventory that measures the motivations of volunteers who deliver HIV prevention education in the African American community. In a statewide survey of volunteers (N = 102), the two strongest motivations for volunteer activity were concern for the African American community and a desire to understand the causes and consequences of the epidemic. These motives predicted the frequency that volunteers held discussions about HIV/AIDS with members of their community. Discussion focuses on the relevance of the results for the recruitment, training, and retention of volunteers.


This article was originally published by Guilford Publications Inc. and can be found at

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