Longitudinal study of psychological distress symptoms in HIV-infected, school-aged children

Lori Wiener, Haven Battles, Kristin A. Riekert

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Despite the growing numbers of HIV-infeeted sehool-aged ehildren, we know very little about the mental health status of this group. This longitudinal study exarnined the frequeney of psyehological distress symptoms in HIV-infected ehildren between the ages of 6 and 11 years at three time points over aperiod of two and one-half years. Children were assessed using the Dominic, a pictorial instrument that assesses for 7 psyehological distress symptoms of childhood. In addition, farnily and demographie variables were colleeted at Time 1. Children were found to be relatively well-adjusted, with low to moderate incidence of psyehological distress. While there were no significant ehanges in frequeney of psyehological distress symptoms from Time 1 to Time 3, the prevalence of overanxious and depressive symptomatology increased over time. Implications for clinical practice and future research will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHIV Affected and Vulnerable Youth
Subtitle of host publicationPrevention Issues and Approaches
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781315821597
ISBN (Print)0789008254, 9780789008251
StatePublished - Jan 21 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Adjustment
  • Anxiety
  • Deo pression
  • HIV-infected children
  • Psychological distress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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