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

Department of Psychology, UCLA, Franz Hall 1285, P.O. Box 951563, Los Angeles, CA 90095-01563, USA.
The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research (Impact Factor: 1.37). 04/2009; 36(2):233-46. DOI: 10.1007/s11414-008-9134-2
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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.

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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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    • "Prior studies in the drug field have explored a range of psychosocial stressors, including childhood victimization and other negative life events, life transitions, daily hassles, social role strains, and socioeconomic disadvantage (Bennett & Kemper, 1994; Boardman, Finch, Ellison, Williams, & Jackson, 2001; Boyd, 1993; Boyd et al., 2002; Crutchfield & Gove, 1984; Davis, 1997; Freeman, Collier, & Parillo, 2002; Johnson & Young, 2002; Liu & Kaplan, 2001; Medrano, Zule, Hatch, & Desmond, 1999; Myers et al., 2009; Newcomb & Harlow, 1986; Pearlin & Radabaugh, 1976; Skeer et al., 2009; Storr, Trinkoff, & Anthony, 1999; Teets, 1995; Widom, Weiler, & Cottler, 1999; Wills, 1990; Young, Boyd, & Hubbell, 2002). Although many studies found a positive association between psychosocial stress and drug use, others produced inconsistent findings (Allan & Cooke, 1985; Lindenberg, Reiskin, & Gendrop, 1994; Sinha, 2001). "
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