Trauma and Psychosocial Predictors of Substance Abuse in Women Impacted by HIV/AIDS

ArticleinThe Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research 36(2):233-46 · April 2009with5 Reads
DOI: 10.1007/s11414-008-9134-2 · Source: PubMed
The purpose of this study was to estimate the relative contributions of trauma, chronic stress burden, depression, anxiety, social support, and social undermining in predicting alcohol and drug abuse, and whether ethnicity moderated these relationships. A multi-ethnic sample of 288 HIV-positive and HIV-negative women was recruited. Multiple group path analysis indicated that greater drug dependence was associated with being HIV+, more depression, and higher chronic burden. Trauma was related only to anxiety. Also, greater alcohol dependence was associated with more depression and more social undermining, and these effects were moderated by ethnicity. African American and Latina women evidenced different relationships between depression, social support and social undermining. Depression, social support and social undermining served as intervening variables in influencing the relationships between the other psychosocial variables and drug and alcohol dependence. The implications of these findings for alcohol and drug abuse research and services are discussed.
    • "Item 10 which referred to substance abuse related to HIV/AIDS was removed. We found that most of the participants (86.7%) reported no increased drug/alcohol intake related to HIV/AIDS, although some prior research has shown that life stress is associated with increased substance use in people living with HIV [10, 42]. Meade's study also found that substance abuse was the least commonly endorsed item among the 23 items [27] . "
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    • "Alcohol problems among women have been associated with many factors that are common in the lives of HIV-positive Latinas and African American women, including childhood physical , emotional, and sexual abuse (Galaif, Stein, Newcomb, & Bernstein, 2001; Zule, Flannery, Wechsberg, & Lam, 2002), intimate partner violence (Moreno, 2007), and entry into the welfare system (Dooley & Prause, 2002 ). Related to the substance abuse and high-risk heterosexual sex through which Latinas and African American women are most likely to become infected with HIV (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2011), alcohol use may also be a significant contributor to the HIV-related health disparities that the women experience after diagnosis (Myers et al., 2009). Despite the awareness of the potential links between alcohol use and HIV/AIDS among women of color, virtually no research has explored the etiology and impact of alcohol use among HIV-positive Latinas and African American women. "
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