Adolescents/Young adults with perinatally-acquired HIV infection experience a number of issues that impact developmental tasks. No study to date has described the process by which this occurs. The purpose of this grounded theory study was to describe the process by which HIV infection impacts adolescent/young adult development. Interviews were conducted and analyzed with 25 participants aged 18 to 24. Six core categories emerged that were used to generate a theory, integration versus disintegration, that describes how perinatal HIV impacts participants' development. The results of this study provide unique clinical considerations for pediatric and adult clinicians providing care for this population.
- Young adults
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