Title

Psychological differences between HIV-positive mothers who disclose to all, some, or none of their biological children

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Keywords

Children, HIV Seropositivity, Mother-Child Relations, Questionnaires, Truth Disclosure, Psychology of mothers

Abstract

This study explored the psychological differences between HIV-positive women who disclosed their serostatus to all, some, or none of their biological children. Data from this project come from a larger, longitudinal investigation of the disclosure process of HIV-infected women. Data were obtained regarding the disclosure processes and the psychological adjustment of women with children (n = 90) based on measures of depression, anxiety, and stress. Results suggest that women who disclose to all, some, or none of their children are not significantly different with regard to emotional well-being. Implications for marriage and family therapists are provided.