Date of Award
Master of Science
Idia B. Thurston
Katie H. Howell
Mothers living with HIV are vulnerable to stressors associated with both motherhood and living with a chronic illness. Strong familial support is related to decreased risk for developing mental and physical health problems. To date, research has primarily focused on HIV status disclosure to supportive networks. The current study explored associations between familial social support and personal (spirituality, depressive symptoms), relational (positive and negative parenting practices), and environmental (social support from friends and community cohesion) factors among mothers living with HIV. Fifty-seven mothers living with HIV were interviewed, and a three-step hierarchical regression was conducted. The final model was significant, with greater positive parenting, less negative parenting, and greater community cohesion significantly associated with higher familial social support. Findings highlight the importance of relational and environmental determinants of social support and suggest potential avensues for promoting familial social support among mothers living with HIV.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Mandell, Jessica Eden, "Social Support for Mothers Living with HIV: A Person-Environment Interaction Framework" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1989.