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This study has two purposes: (1) to describe the characteristics related to the transition to orphanhood for children whose mothers die from AIDS and (2) to examine the psychosocial adjustment of these children at six months following maternal death. Twenty orphans and a control sample of 40 children from the same neighbourhoods, as well as their mothers or(More)
A study of the associations among physical and mental health and differential patterns of religiosity among African American women was conducted with a sample of 253 participants: 104 HIV-infected, 46 chronically ill (not HIV-infected), and 103 healthy subjects. Participants' uses of private (i.e., prayer) and public (i.e., church attendance) forms of(More)
Despite the growing success of school-based health care during the past two decades, the issue of providing reproductive health care at school-based health centers remains controversial. In this article, focus group data from three school-based centers in Louisiana, each in different stages of development, demonstrates how the controversies about(More)
The incidence of HIV/AIDS continues to rise among impoverished, urban, African American women, yet the children of these women have been overlooked in the literature. The primary aim of this study was to determine the relationship of maternal HIV status to child academic performance. In addition, we examined whether family variables (e.g., maternal(More)
This study examines father-child contact in inner-city African American families with maternal HIV infection. Participants were 246 African American women, 40% of whom are infected with HIV, and one of their non-infected children. Children from non-infected families were more likely to have fathers who are alive and who are living in the home. In addition,(More)
Although school-based health care programs (SBHCPs) provide affordable and accessible health care to children and adolescents and are known to improve school attendance, a variety of barriers affect their development. Focus groups were conducted in three schools in Louisiana to demonstrate how barriers can affect the initiation and development of SBHCPs.(More)
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