Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name



Social Science and Clinical Social Work

First Advisor

Professor Hattie Mitchell


The overall objective of this study was to examine the attitudes and self-esteem of Women At Risk for HIV/AIDS: Diagnosed and Non-Diagnosed. To obtain this objective, attitudes and self-esteem were addressed by the researcher. A comparative research design was used in this study. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to diagnosed and non-diagnosed women. The study was an attempt to provide a better understanding of how the attitudes and self-esteem is impacted by an HIV/AIDS diagnosis on Women At Risk. To achieve this objective, the researcher identified the following variables; stress, stigma, self-esteem, family relation and isolation in effort to determine how social workers can better assist this segment of the HIV/AIDS population.

The findings of this research indicates that there was a significant difference between the attitudes and self-esteem of the diagnosed and non-diagnosed women.