Physical and mental health functioning of urban HIV-infected and uninfected mothers with problem drinking

Noelle R. Leonard, Marya Viorst Gwadz, Charles M. Cleland, Lauren Rotko, Karla Gostnell

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Abstract

Problem drinking is of great concern for mothers, especially those who are HIV-infected. We compared background characteristics, co-occurring drug use, and physical and mental health functioning of urban HIV-infected and uninfected mothers with problem drinking who were raising adolescents. Mothers in both groups reported similarly high levels of lifetime and current alcohol and drug use and poor physical and mental health. Health outcomes for mothers with problem drinking do not appear to be exacerbated by HIV status. Implications for intervention efforts with mothers and their adolescent children are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-427
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2007

Keywords

  • Maternal HIV
  • Problem drinking
  • Substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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