Medical adherence among prenatal, HIV seropositive, African American women: Family issues

D. Shelton, K. Marconi, M. B. Pounds, M. Scopetta, M. J. O'Sullivan, J. Szapocznik

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-356
Number of pages14
JournalFamily Systems Medicine
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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