Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name



Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Amos Ajo


The overall objective of this study was to explore a significant effect of a prevalent social disease imposed on a vulnerable population, African Americans. The disease is known as HIV/AIDS and its effect on prenatal women is explored. The purpose of the research was to direct focus to the self-concept of seropositive and nonseropositive HIV/AIDS prenatal African American women, by addressing whether or not the mother’s self-oncept impacted the maternal-etal attachment. The researcher resorted to three statistical procedures to analyze data from this descriptive study: (a) the t-Test for Independent, (b) the Pearson Moment Correlation, and (c) Descriptive statistics. The study findings showed a significantly positive relationship between self-oncept and maternal-etal attachment in both groups. There was also a significant difference in the overall levels of maternal-etal attachment and self-concept in both groups, concluding that self concept does indeed significantly impact on the attachment process.

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