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Health Care Women Int. 2017 Sep;38(9):913-926. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2017.1337772. Epub 2017 Jun 2.

Demographic factors, mental health problems, and psychosocial resources influence women's AIDS risk.

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a Department of Psychology , Portuguese Catholic University , Braga , Portgular.
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b Ministry of Health , North Regional Health Administration, ACES Cávado III Barcelos/Esposende , Braga , Portugal.
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c School of Psychology, Applied Psychology Department , University of Minho , Braga , Portugal.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine how depressive mood, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, self-efficacy, and social support are associated with HIV risk behaviors. Participants were sexually active women (N = 1488) recruited when attending gynecological consultations in primary care settings. Standardized questionnaires were administered to assess for depressive mood, abuse/assault-related PTSD, social support, self-efficacy, stress, and sexual risk behavior. The resulting association models showed that demographic factors, mental health problems, and resources are associated with sexual risk behavior. Detecting and treating mental health problems and interventions that bolster women's psychosocial resources are warranted.

PMID:
28574798
DOI:
10.1080/07399332.2017.1337772
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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