Religion, relationships and reproduction: Correlates of desire for a child among mothers living with HIV

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  • Despite challenges facing HIV-positive women in the U.S., some maintain strong desires and intentions for motherhood. We explore correlates of desire for another child-particularly current parenting experiences (number of children, parenting efficacy, parenting satisfaction, parenting practices, parental distress, and child-related quality of life), age, spirituality/ religiosity, stress, coping, hopelessness, partner's desire for a child, social support, and stigma-among a sample of HIV-positive mothers (n = 96) in Alabama. Partner's desire for a child, participation in private religious practices, avoidant coping, and parity were significantly associated with desire for a child in multivariate models. Such findings indicate a need for reproductive counseling and education that is sensitive to the role of religious norms and values in fertility decision-making and suggest opportunities for partnership with faith-based organizations. Further studies examining the impact of relationship dynamics on childbearing desires among U.S. women living with HIV/AIDS are also needed. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010.
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  • AIDS and Behavior  Journal
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    Author List

  • De La Cruz NG; Davies SL; Stewart KE
  • Start Page

  • 1233
  • End Page

  • 1242
  • Volume

  • 15
  • Issue

  • 6