Intergenerational benefits of family-based HIV interventions

Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Patricia Lester, Juwon Song, Ying Ying Lin, Noelle R. Leonard, Leila Beckwith, Mary J. Ward, Marian Sigman, Lynwood Lord

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The longitudinal impact of a family-based intervention on grandchildren of parents with HIV (PWH) is evaluated. Because PWH and their daughters demonstrated gains over 6 years when randomized to a coping skills intervention compared with a control condition, the adjustment of the PWH's grandchildren was also compared across conditions. Grandchildren in the intervention condition reported significantly fewer internalizing and externalizing behavioral symptoms compared with grandchildren in the control condition. There is weak evidence that grandchildren in the intervention condition had higher scores on measures of cognitive development and more positive home environments. These results suggest that there are possibly long-term, intergenerational benefits of an intervention for families coping with HIV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)622-627
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • Family-based intervention
  • Intervention
  • Prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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