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Childbearing Among Daughters of Parents With HIV

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Objective: To examine first childbearing and its predictors among daughters of parents with HIV. Method: Pairs of parents with HIV and their adolescent daughters (n = 181) participated in a randomized, controlled-inter-vention trial designed to improve coping skills within the family, and were monitored up to 7 years. Results: Overall, daughters of HIV parents had a high rate of early childbearing compared to national and local rates. First childbearing tended to be delayed by (a) being in a coping intervention, (b) being less emotionally distressed, (c) receiving academic counseling, and (d) having a positive perception of their family's finances. Conclusions: HIV has a negative intergenerational impact, particularly on depressed young people, which may be buffered by interventions enhancing coping and academic counseling.

Keywords: HIV; childbearing; family; family relations; intervention

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Departments of Family and Preventive Medicine and Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego, CA. 2: Center for Community Health, University of California, Los Angeles, CA. 3: City University of New York, New York, NY. 4: Department of Psychiatry, and Director, Center for Community Health, University of California, Los Angeles, CA.

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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