Support group processes: Perspectives from HIV-infected women in South Africa.


Journal Article

This study examined the experiences and perceived benefits of support group participation among HIV-infected women in South Africa. From a qualitative analysis of responses, key psychological processes through which support groups are potentially beneficial were identified. These processes included: identification; modeling; acceptance; and empowerment. The participants' consequent life changes were explored in order to associate these processes with the positive outcomes of support group participation. Through understanding the relationship between the psychological processes within a support group setting and the potential benefits, and by targeting these processes in the development and implementation of future support group interventions, a framework is provided for achieving positive outcomes associated with support group participation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mundell, JP; Visser, MJ; Makin, JD; Forsyth, BW; Sikkema, KJ

Published Date

  • January 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 173 - 187

PubMed ID

  • 22514790

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22514790

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1478-0895

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1478-0887

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/14780887.2010.500350


  • eng