Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 99–134

Resilience and Risk: Childhood and Uncertainty in the AIDS Epidemic


  • Anitra Pivnick
    • The Women's Center
  • Nellie Villegas
    • The Women's Center

DOI: 10.1023/A:1005574212572

Cite this article as:
Pivnick, A. & Villegas, N. Cult Med Psychiatry (2000) 24: 99. doi:10.1023/A:1005574212572


In a study of depression and risk amongHIV-affected young people (children whose parents areinfected with or have died from HIV/AIDS), subjectsdid not report high risk sexual or substance usebehavior. Findings are attributed to parentalparticipation in a community-based HIV service programthat provides parents with HIV prevention educationand long term social and emotional support. Multi-generational community based models ofprevention that include parents as critical elementsof instruction may also be effective in substanceabuse treatment programs and in programs for childrenwho experience difficulty in school.

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