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dc.contributor.advisor Messer, Lynne
dc.contributor.author Kyerematen, Alexandra
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-13T15:37:27Z
dc.date.available 2013-11-09T05:30:08Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/7290
dc.description Thesis
dc.description.abstract <p>This cross-cultural study investigates the challenges affecting HIV+ women in rural Kenya and Durham, North Carolina. Examining the linkages between social support and coping, the study finds that many experiences with social support and coping are shared across countries, despite differences in education, occupation status, and cultural identities. Age, education, and employment status were not found to be statistically significant determinants of total COPE or treatment-specific social support scores for either population. Religion was a recurring theme in both contexts, both in the quantitative and qualitative sets of data. It was a statistically significant determinant of total treatment-specific social support and also mentioned many times throughout the interviews as a preferred coping method. Most of the women expressed that support from their family and friends as well as health professionals helped them to positively cope with their disease and gave them hope for prolonged life.</p>
dc.subject Public health
dc.subject Health sciences
dc.subject coping
dc.subject HIV
dc.subject Kenya
dc.subject North Carolina
dc.subject social support
dc.title The Interaction between Social Support and Coping in HIV+ Women in Western Kenya and North Carolina
dc.type Master's thesis
dc.department Global Health
duke.embargo.months 6


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