Stressors and strengths among women living with HIV/AIDS in New York City

Jane M. Simoni, N. A. Cooperman

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We conducted face-to-face interviews with a non-probability sample of 373 women living with HIV/AIDS in New York City. Most were indigent African-Americans and Latinas (M age = 39.61 years). Participants reported considerable stressors. For example, 59% (n = 221) had been sexually abused and 69% (n = 258) physically abused at some point in their lives. In the past 30 days, 9% reported having injected drugs. However, participants also reported considerable strengths, including high levels of spirituality, mastery and HIV-related social support. Multivariate analyses indicated these resources were generally associated with less depressive symptomatology. Findings suggest the need for thorough psychosocial evaluations of women living with HIV to facilitate psychological adaptation, including an exploration of their strengths and culturally-based competencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-297
Number of pages7
JournalAIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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