Academy of Healing Arts Prevention Education & Behavior Modification Literature Review

You are to write a 1250 word literature review (in addition to the title page and references page) on the articles you selected for Week 2, synthesizing the findings in the articles that you found on your topic. You may incorporate other articles or references to support your discussion, as needed. Use APA citation and reference guidelines.

What is a literature review?
A literature review is a synthesis and critique of the published research in a given area of research. Your focus is on the findings of the studies you are exploring – their methods, approach, results, and implications – rather than the broad topic overall. It should synthesize findings in specific areas. Thus, you should look for themes in the range of articles and write about them as you group common themes.

Synthesize the material you found. In other words, find connected themes in the different areas you cover. Occasionally you might discuss individual articles, but only if the article is very unique and no other article has similar findings. The synthesis should focus strictly on existing, published research.

What else should you include besides a synthesis of research?
Be sure to include in your review other potential areas that still need to be explored. What unanswered questions are there? What holes are in the research that you have not yet found answers to? What contradictions are in the research will you seek to explore?


Kennedy SB, Nolen S, Applewhite J, Pan Z, Shamblen S, & Vanderhoff KJ. (2007). A quantitative study on the condom-use behaviors of eighteen- to twenty-four-year-old urban African American males. AIDS Patient Care & STDs, 21(5), 306–320.

Mance E. Buttram PhD, & Steven P. Kurtz PhD. (2017). A Qualitative Study of African American/Black MSM’s Experiences of Participating in a Substance Use and Sexual Risk Reduction Intervention. American Journal of Men’s Health.

Nelson, K. M., M.P.H., Thiede, H., Hawes, S. E., Golden, M. R., Hutcheson, R., Carey, J. W., . . . Jenkins, R. A. (2010). Why the wait? delayed HIV diagnosis among men who have sex with men. Journal of Urban Health, 87(4), 642-55.

Rose, I. D., Friedman, D. B., Spencer, S. M., Annang, L., & Lindley, L. L. (2016). Health Information-Seeking Practices of African American Young Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Qualitative Study. Youth & Society, 48(3), 344–365.

Scott D. Rhodes PhD, M., Kenneth C. Hergenrather PhD, Mse. M., Aaron T. Vissman MPH, Jason Stowers AAS, A. Bernard Davis MBA, Anthony Hannah AAS, … Flavio F. Marsiglia PhD. (2011). Boys Must Be Men, and Men Must Have Sex With Women: A Qualitative CBPR Study to Explore Sexual Risk Among African American, Latino, and White Gay Men and MSM. American Journal of Men’s Health.

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