"in our stories": The perspectives of women living with HIV on an evidence-based group intervention

Sannisha Dale, Tiffany Grimes, Lauren Miller, Alyssa Ursillo, Mari Lynn Drainoni

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A qualitative study among women living with HIV assessed the aspects of an evidence-based intervention targeting HIV transmission risk reduction (Women Involved in Life Learning from Other Women [WiLLOW]) that women valued and how their lives were impacted. Thirty-one women (80.6% African American) completed interviews. Women valued the personal stories and positive group dynamics (i.e. safety, trust, openness, getting feedback, bonding, and socializing). As a result of WiLLOW, women embraced a strong woman image, joined groups, changed behaviors, accepted their HIV status, became optimistic, and spoke up/advocated in their relationships and communities. Interventions for HIV-positive women may benefit from incorporating the sharing of stories in their curricula and factors that build positive group dynamics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1035-1045
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017
Externally publishedYes



  • grounded theory
  • group intervention
  • HIV
  • qualitative evaluation
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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