Psychosocial Interventions for Women with HIV/AIDS: A Critical Review

Julieta P. Hernandez, Mark J. Macgowan

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Objective: Recent research on psychosocial interventions addressing the well-being of women with HIV/AIDS has brought new options for practitioners. This study critically reviews the treatment features, methodological quality, and efficacy of these interventions. Methods: A comprehensive search between 2000 and 2011 identified 19 studies employing 10 different interventions. Results: In all, 11 studies were methodologically strong and 12 reported interventions superior to other treatments. Among those with positive results, Cohen’s effect sizes ranged from small (d = 0.33) to large (d = 1.50) across well-being outcomes. The Cognitive Behavioral Stress Management/Expressive Supportive and Structural Ecosystems Therapies ranked as probably efficacious. The Teaching, Raising and Communicating with Kids and the Maternal HIV Self-Care Symptom Management programs were ranked as promising treatments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-116
Number of pages14
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 20 2015


  • infants
  • literature review
  • outcome study
  • psychosocial treatment
  • systematic review
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)


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