The attitudes of females in Drug Court toward additional safeguards in HIV prevention research

James M. DuBois, Catina Callahan O'Leary, Linda B. Cottler

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This article examines the attitudes of 97 women from the St. Louis City Drug Court who previously participated in an HIV prevention study. Data from the previous study indicated that the women met multiple criteria for vulnerability in research. Federal regulations require that such participants be provided with "additional safeguards." The survey explored the following questions: (1) What are participants' attitudes toward commonly proposed additional safeguards for vulnerable participants in research, and (2) Are attitudes toward safeguards related to participants' previous compliance with an HIV prevention protocol? Preferences regarding safeguards in research were not significantly related to participants' compliance in the previous study. Most participants wanted researchers to take extra measures not only to provide consent information, but to ensure that they are not high on drugs, that they understand relevant information, and that they retain consent information at each visit. Most participants wanted researchers themselves, and not a third party, to assume this responsibility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-352
Number of pages8
JournalPrevention Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009


  • Community attitudes
  • Drug court
  • HIV prevention
  • Longitudinal study
  • Qualitative study
  • Research ethics
  • Research protections


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