Current Project: A pilot test of the Popular Opinion Leaders Intervention in the Armed Forces of Barbados.

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PROJECT: A pilot test of the Popular Opinion Leaders Intervention in the Armed Forces of Barbados.

 

OBJECTIVE: The POL intervention, originally designed to reduce sexual risk behavior in community settings, holds the following core elements: A) To identify leading opinion leaders, B) to train opinion leaders to disseminate endorsement messages within their networks, and C) to support and reinforce successive waves of opinion leaders to reshape norms.  We are currently fielding the POL intervention with popular leaders in the Barbados Defense Force.  We are using a mixed quantitative and qualitative methods research protocol to determine whether popular leaders in the force effected norms and behavior regarding condom use.