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J Pediatr Psychol. 2001 Sep;26(6):353-8.

Brief report: fathering a child living with HIV/AIDS: psychosocial adjustment and parenting stress.

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National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA. wienerl@exchange.nih.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the psychosocial stressors experienced by fathers of children diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

METHODS:

Thirty-one fathers whose children (ages 6 to 19) were participating in pediatric HIV clinical trials completed self-report measures of parenting stress, psychological distress, and need for psychosocial services.

RESULTS:

Over half of this sample experienced significantly elevated levels of both parenting stress and psychological distress compared to standardized norms. Ninety-seven percent of these men reported the need for services including gender-specific support groups, assistance with discipline, disease management, and assistance with planning for the future.

CONCLUSIONS:

Elevated levels of parenting stress and psychological distress in fathers of children living with HIV suggest the need for additional psychological intervention in this population.

PMID:
11490036
DOI:
10.1093/jpepsy/26.6.353
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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