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Am J Public Health. 2007 Oct;97(10):1820-6. Epub 2007 Apr 26.

The effect of social support on mental and behavioral outcomes among adolescents with parents with HIV/AIDS.

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  • 1Center for Community Health, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA. sjlee@mednet.ucla.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We examined the associations between social support and mental and behavioral outcomes among adolescents whose parents were infected with or died of HIV/AIDS.

METHODS:

Families (parents who were HIV infected and their adolescent children) were randomly assigned to a coping skills intervention or a standard care group. After completing the intervention, the parents and adolescents were assessed for 2 years.

RESULTS:

Adolescents who had more social support providers reported significantly lower levels of depression and fewer conduct problems; adolescents who had more negative influence from role models reported more behavior problems. Reductions in depression, multiple problem behaviors, and conduct problems were significantly associated with better social support.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our findings underscore the complex relations between social support and mental and behavioral outcomes among adolescents affected by HIV/AIDS. Future prevention programs must focus on increasing social support to reduce negative outcomes among adolescents affected by HIV/AIDS as well as the need to reduce influence from negative role models.

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PMID:
17463374
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC1994191
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