Project DASH “Divas Against the Spread of HIV/AIDS”: A pilot exploration on HIV risk and prevention among African American HIV+ Women and their Adolescent Daughters
Methods: This mixed methods study employed qualitative, dyadic in-depth interviews. The participants (n=120) included 60 mother-daughter dyads, who completed demographic surveys and in-depth interviews. Data was analyzed using SPSS and Atlas ti.
Results: Findings from this study have the potential to guide the development of a larger study to: 1) elucidate elements of the mother-daughter relationship, in the context of HIV+ mothers, that can protect adolescent females against unsafe sexual behaviors and HIV risk, 2) identify modifiable risk factors that increase an adolescent female’s’ risk for HIV/AIDS, 3) develop interventions specifically targeting mother-daughter sexual communication to reduce HIV risk for the adolescent
Conclusions: This innovative dyadic maternal and child health approach has tremendous potential to further examine gender specific drivers of HIV/AIDS in the urban community of Newark NJ. This will ultimately facilitate decreased transmission in highly affected areas and further prevent the spread of HIV to African American adolescent females.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Diversity and culture
Public health or related education
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Identify the leading drivers of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in African American adolescent females.
Keyword(s): African American, Adolescents
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am presenting the research that I collected during my time as a REIDS scholar which is a training program for faculty interested in health disparities research and HIV/AIDS.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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