Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name



Social Work and Public Health


The purpose of this comparative/descriptive study was to examine the level of stress and degree of life satisfaction among women with HIV/AIDS and non HIV – positive women of African American descent. The dependent variables were measured through the use of two scales: Index of Clinical Stress (ICS) and the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS). A sample of thirty (30) African American women agreed to participate in the study. Fifteen of the women were HIV-positive. Simple descriptive statistics and t-tests were used to analyze the data. The results indicate that although there was no statistical difference found in the level of stress between women with HIV/AIDS and non HIV-positive women, the non HIV-positive group showed a higher stress score than the HIV-positive group. There was, however, a statistical significant difference in the degree of life satisfaction between the two groups indicating that the HIV-positive women were more satisfied with their lives than the non HIV-positive women.