Four pregnant, HIV seropositive, African American women and their families were interviewed to explore the influence of family and extended-kinship networks on health care use and medical adherence. The major factors that emerged as relevant to health care in the lives of all four women were: 1) transportation, 2) child care, 3) the pregnancy and concern for the unborn child's health, 4) the presence of a concerned/involved family member, and 5) substance abuse. The study supports the conclusion that families or extended- kinship networks are significant influences in the use of health care services by these women.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health