Author ORCID Identifier

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2383-9058

Date of Award

8-11-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Lisa Armistead

Second Advisor

Laura McKee

Third Advisor

Erin Tully

Abstract

Based on the stress buffering hypothesis, this study considered the moderating effect of perceived social support from adults other than the mother living with HIV (MLH) on the attachment-child anxiety relationship. The study utilized baseline data from the Teaching, Raising, and Communicating with Kids study, a randomized controlled trial testing the efficacy of an HIV disclosure intervention. Overall, results of this study demonstrated a significant negative association between MLH-child attachment and anxiety when controlling for child age and gender. Also, results confirmed a significant interaction effect between attachment and perceived social support on anxiety with high perceived social support buffering the negative association of attachment on anxiety. These findings underscore the importance of children’s relationships with family members and other adults as a target for addressing anxiety symptoms in youth affected by maternal HIV, as well as the need to develop measures to accurately capture the child’s relationship context.

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