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Relationships between stigma, social support, and depression in HIV-infected African American women living in the rural Southeastern United States.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19879778     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This cross-sectional study examined relationships between HIV-related stigma, social support, and depression in a sample of 340 HIV-infected African American women living in rural areas of the Southeastern United States. Three aspects of social support (availability of different types of support, sources of support, and satisfaction with support) and two aspects of HIV-related stigma (perceived stigma and internalized stigma) were measured. Perceived availability of support (p < .0001), sources of support (p = .03), satisfaction with support (p = .003), perceived stigma (p < .0001), and internalized stigma (p < .0001) were all significantly correlated with depression. Social support variables were negatively correlated and stigma variables were positively correlated with depression. HIV-related perceived stigma and internalized stigma were found to mediate the effect of sources of available support on depression. Study findings have implications for designing and implementing interventions to increase social support and decrease HIV-related stigma in order to decrease depression among African American women with HIV disease.
Medha Vyavaharkar; Linda Moneyham; Sara Corwin; Ruth Saunders; Lucy Annang; Abbas Tavakoli
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2009-10-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care : JANAC     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1552-6917     ISO Abbreviation:  J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care     Publication Date:    2010 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-22     Completed Date:  2010-06-01     Revised Date:  2013-05-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9111870     Medline TA:  J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  144-52     Citation Subset:  IM; N; X    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2010 Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
South Carolina Rural Health Research Center, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA.
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MeSH Terms
African Americans*
Cross-Sectional Studies
HIV Infections / ethnology,  psychology*
Rural Population*
Social Support*
Southeastern United States
Grant Support
R01 NR 04956/NR/NINR NIH HHS; R01 NR004956-08/NR/NINR NIH HHS

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