Identifying HIV-Infected Women's Psychosocial Stressors: Findings from a Qualitative Study

Jennifer L. Brown, Peter A. Vanable, Jessie D. Naughton, Michael P. Carey

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To inform future psychosocial interventions for HIV-infected women, five focus groups were conducted with 29 HIV-infected women (72% African American). Sessions were audio-recorded, transcribed, and coded by two raters. HIV-specific stressors included difficulties with serostatus disclosure, HIV medication adherence, and HIV-related discrimination. Stressors not directly linked to HIV were described as more concerning and included mental health or substance use problems, relationship challenges, caretaking for children or grandchildren, and financial difficulties. Participants suggested that interventions provide social support from other HIV-infected women, consistent case management and social work services, and forums to acquire additional information about HIV and treatment options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-205
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015


  • HIV-infected women
  • coping
  • psychosocial interventions
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)


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