Urban farming: A non-traditional intervention for HIV-related distress

Academic Article


  • As individuals with HIV are living longer with less morbidity, developing interventions that address co-morbidities are essential. Psychological distress symptoms fluctuate throughout HIV infection and interrupt selfcare practices. This pilot study was conducted to test the implementation of a clinic-recruited sample to participate in a community-based urban farming intervention, and assess the efficacy of reducing psychological distress symptoms. While the changes were not statistically significant, participants reported less distress symptoms, improved overall general health, and reduced frequency of illicit drug use. These findings support the development of a larger scale study to examine the impact of this nontraditional intervention. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011.
  • Authors

    Published In

  • AIDS and Behavior  Journal
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    Author List

  • Shacham E; Donovan MF; Connolly S; Mayrose A; Scheuermann M; Overton ET
  • Start Page

  • 1238
  • End Page

  • 1242
  • Volume

  • 16
  • Issue

  • 5