The role of parenting in affecting the behavior and adaptive functioning of young children of HIV-infected mothers in South Africa

Alexandra Boeving Allen, Michelle Finestone, Irma Eloff, Heather Sipsma, Jennifer Makin, Kelli Triplett, Liesel Ebersöhn, Kathleen Sikkema, Margaret Briggs-Gowan, Maretha Visser, Ronél Ferreira, Brian W.C. Forsyth

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Abstract

Prior investigations suggest that maternal HIV/AIDS poses significant challenges to young children. This study investigates the relationships between mothers' psychological functioning, parenting, and children's behavioral outcomes and functioning in a population of women living with HIV (N = 361) with a child between the ages of 6 and 10 years in Tshwane, South Africa. Utilizing path analysis, findings revealed that maternal depression is related to increased parenting stress and parent-child dysfunction, maternal coping is related to parenting style, and maternal coping, parenting style and stress, and parent-child dysfunction are associated with children's behavior and functioning, with parenting emerging as an important mediator. These findings suggest that interventions for women living with HIV and their children should not only address maternal psychological functioning (depression and coping), but should also focus on parenting, promoting a positive approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-616
Number of pages12
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014

Keywords

  • Child behavior
  • Coping
  • Maternal HIV/AIDS
  • OVC
  • Parenting
  • South Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Allen, A. B., Finestone, M., Eloff, I., Sipsma, H., Makin, J., Triplett, K., Ebersöhn, L., Sikkema, K., Briggs-Gowan, M., Visser, M., Ferreira, R., & Forsyth, B. W. C. (2014). The role of parenting in affecting the behavior and adaptive functioning of young children of HIV-infected mothers in South Africa. AIDS and Behavior, 18(3), 605-616. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-013-0544-7