ERIC Number: EJ785464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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A Retest of Two HIV Disclosure Theories: The Women's Story
Serovich, Julianne M.; Lim, Ji-Young; Mason, Tina L.
Health & Social Work, v33 n1 p23-31 2008
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the applicability of two theories of HIV disclosure previously tested with men. Participants included 125 HIV-positive women enrolled in a larger, longitudinal study of HIV disclosure and mental health. Structural equation modeling was used to analyze the proposed theoretical models. The disease progression model contained two single-indicator exogenous variables (disease progression) and one endogenous latent variable (disclosure). The original consequences model contained two single-indicator exogenous variables (disease progression), two single-indicator endogenous variables (consequences), and one endogenous latent variable (disclosure). The revised consequences model contained two single-indicator exogenous variables (consequences) and one endogenous latent variable (disclosure). The results of this study support the revised consequences theory and an earlier claim that disease progression may not be a direct predictor of HIV disclosure. This suggests that women may evaluate the consequences of disclosure to family and friends, particularly the reward, before the disclosure occurs.
Descriptors: Females, Structural Equation Models, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Longitudinal Studies, Mental Health, Predictor Variables, Models, Behavior Theories, Self Disclosure (Individuals)
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