AIDS and Behavior

, 11:409 | Cite as

Knowledge of Maternal HIV/AIDS and Child Adjustment: The Moderating Role of Children’s Relationships with their Mothers

  • Deborah J. Jones
  • Sarah E. Foster
  • Alecia A. Zalot
  • Charlene Chester
  • Antonette King
Original Paper

Abstract

The current study examined whether child-reported maternal warmth and support moderated the association between knowledge of maternal illness and child psychosocial adjustment among 86 low-income, African American mothers with HIV/AIDS and their non-infected children. Mother–child relationship quality moderated the association between children’s knowledge of maternal HIV/AIDS and children’s externalizing, but not internalizing, difficulties. Consistent with the stress-buffering hypothesis, a warm and supportive mother–child relationship afforded a more robust buffer against externalizing difficulties for children who knew of their mother’s illness than for children who did not. Clinical implications and future directions are discussed.

Keywords

African American HIV/AIDS Mother–child relationship quality Child adjustment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah J. Jones
    • 1
  • Sarah E. Foster
    • 1
  • Alecia A. Zalot
    • 1
  • Charlene Chester
    • 1
  • Antonette King
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologySan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

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