College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Transition to Adult Services among Behaviorally Infected Adolescents with HIV: A Qualitative Study

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Keywords

Adolescence, HIV, Transition, Qualitative

Publication Title

Journal of Pediatric Psychology

ISSN

0146-8693

Volume

36

Issue/No.

2

Abstract

Objectives: The present study aimed to describe the experiences of youth with behaviorally acquired HIV who transitioned to adult care, to identify difficulties encountered, and to explore areas for improvement.

Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 young adults ranging from 24 to 29 years old. Themes were derived from coding participant interviews.

Results: Participants experienced adolescent care providers as an important source of support, felt anxiety about transition, provided recommendations for improving the process, and described significant changes associated with adult HIV care.

Conclusions: Findings support the development of a clear and structured transition process to address patients’ fears and worries through early communication, planning, and coordination for adult healthcare, highlighting the need for future research in this area.

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