Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Dr. Richard Lyle

Second Advisor

Dr. Amos Ajo

Third Advisor

Dr. Letha A. See


Due to the phenomenal increase in the number of African-American women currently affected by HIV/AIDS, and the risk factors that gave rise to this disease, indeed this situation has become a serious social problem. This comparative study seeks to examine some of these risk factors that cause HIV positive women to encounter psychological distress as compared to HTV negative women who do not have this disease. Based on the data collected from this purposive sample of 100 (50 positive, 50 negative) who live in the greater Atlanta area, significant differences between these groups were found. Personal characteristics and sources of supports are discussed in detail and social service programs and implementation strategies are suggested.

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