Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

African American women living with HIV/AIDS in California: Relationships among stigma, levels of support, and sources of strength
by Hurley, Indiana Molina, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 51; 1517645
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine relationships between stigma, levels of support and sources of strength for adult African American women living with HIV/AIDS in California. Research indicated higher levels of support and sources of strength correlate with lower levels of perceived stigma.

The self-report survey was completed by 18 women using a descriptive and quantitative design. Although correlations were not significant at the .05 level, they were in the expected direction. The results indicated the higher levels of family support, friend support, and sources of strength, the lower levels of perceived stigma.

Future research in this area could focus on aspects of diversity, including different cultural backgrounds within the African American community, and the impact HIV/AIDS has on the overall family. Implications for social work practice and policy include elevating awareness of effects perceived stigma has on mental health and wellbeing of those living with HIV/AIDS.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Potts, Marilyn
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Social work, Womens studies
Publication Number: 1517645
ISBN: 978-1-267-46047-9
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