Event Title

Social Support Systems and Managing HIV/AIDS: A content analysis of the support processes utilized within seroconcordant dyads

Mentor 1

Katie Mosack

Location

Union Wisconsin Room

Start Date

24-4-2015 2:30 PM

End Date

24-4-2015 3:45 PM

Description

Based on previous research, it has been revealed that there is an increasing need to connect individuals with HIV/AIDS with intervention or community resources to help manage their lives. The purpose of this secondary data analysis is to explore the techniques and process that are utilized within HIV positive seroconcordant dyads (i.e., dyads in which both individuals are HIV-positive) to better understand what social support systems they utilize.Interview data were quantitatively coded with respect to key sociodemographic variables. Data were then analyze using conventional inductive content analysis with respect to key sociodemographic variables. Data were then analyzed using conventional inductive content analysis with respect to the nature of social support occurring within these dyads. Themes based on key sociodemographic variables were also examined. Dyads consisted of romantic partners (n= 8), friends (n= 17), and family members (n= 2). Some lived together (n= 7) and others did not (n= 5). Participants were primarily African American. Preliminary findings suggest that dyads support each other through encouragement to seek support systems, emotional support, transportation, and housing. The more intimate the relationship (e.g., romantic relationships), the more likely they are to describe support being emotional in nature. Those who live with one another were most likely to describe the support as being more instrumental in nature (e.g. remind each other to take medications).The results of this study will contribute to current research by analyzing how HIV-positive seroconcordant couples navigate their relationships and support each other. This will provide invaluable research about what support processes take place within dyads, based on several demographic variables, and what processes take place within the relationship that can result in one or both individuals seeking support systems.

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Social Support Systems and Managing HIV/AIDS: A content analysis of the support processes utilized within seroconcordant dyads

Union Wisconsin Room

Based on previous research, it has been revealed that there is an increasing need to connect individuals with HIV/AIDS with intervention or community resources to help manage their lives. The purpose of this secondary data analysis is to explore the techniques and process that are utilized within HIV positive seroconcordant dyads (i.e., dyads in which both individuals are HIV-positive) to better understand what social support systems they utilize.Interview data were quantitatively coded with respect to key sociodemographic variables. Data were then analyze using conventional inductive content analysis with respect to key sociodemographic variables. Data were then analyzed using conventional inductive content analysis with respect to the nature of social support occurring within these dyads. Themes based on key sociodemographic variables were also examined. Dyads consisted of romantic partners (n= 8), friends (n= 17), and family members (n= 2). Some lived together (n= 7) and others did not (n= 5). Participants were primarily African American. Preliminary findings suggest that dyads support each other through encouragement to seek support systems, emotional support, transportation, and housing. The more intimate the relationship (e.g., romantic relationships), the more likely they are to describe support being emotional in nature. Those who live with one another were most likely to describe the support as being more instrumental in nature (e.g. remind each other to take medications).The results of this study will contribute to current research by analyzing how HIV-positive seroconcordant couples navigate their relationships and support each other. This will provide invaluable research about what support processes take place within dyads, based on several demographic variables, and what processes take place within the relationship that can result in one or both individuals seeking support systems.