Achieving group cohesion and comfort with novel technologies: The experience of women living with HIV in a video group intervention
Methods: 71 WLH participated (n=36 immediate intervention; n=35 wait-list control) from 4 Florida counties. Groups consisted of 3-7 participants and met twice a week for 3 weeks. Most participants completed a group cohesion questionnaire after their last session (n=50) and a sub-sample (n=21) completed open-ended interviews with questions relating to their experiences in the program.
Results: Participants (M age=43.5; SD=8.304; 56% African-American/Black; 22% Caucasian; 16% Hispanic) reported group members respected the agreement of confidentiality (96%) and a positive relationship among the members (96%). Participants also reported feelings of unity and togetherness among members (94%) and they felt free to share information (94%). In the qualitative interviews women reported enjoying the VGs, noting increased comfort with themselves, connectedness with other WLH, knowledge and support.
Conclusions: Findings indicate WLH felt connected in a VG intervention. VGs are a promising strategy for delivering behavioral interventions for WLH and can be used to derive meaningful relationships among participants.
Learning Areas:Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related research
Describe the impact video-group delivery of “prevention with positives” interventions have on group cohesion and social support. Identify how innovative technologies can improve provide support, connected, and increased access for health programming.
Keyword(s): Women and HIV/AIDS, HIV Interventions
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a Master's Degree in Public Health and am a current PhD student whose primary interest of study is HIV prevention. I have been working on the current federally funded project for 2 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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