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"Family Therapy Mechanisms in HIV+ Women in Drug Recovery”, Victoria Mitrani, PhD, PI

This study, which was a companion to a randomized clinical trial, tested the effects of a family intervention, Structural Ecosystems Therapy (SET), on family members of HIV+ women in drug recovery. Women in the trial were randomly assigned to either SET or a psychoeducational health group. Women and their family members were assessed at baseline, 4, 8 and 12 months. The study examined the impact of SET on family functioning and on family-member outcomes.

Associated Publications:
Alvarez, R. A., Vasquez, E., Mayorga, C.C., Feaster, D. J., Mitrani, V. B. (2006) Increasing minority research participation through community organization-based outreach, Western Journal of Nursing Research, 28 (5), 541-60. PMCID: PMC2536763

Brincks, A. M., Feaster, D. J., Burns, M. J., & Mitrani, V. B. (2010). The influence of health locus of control on the patient-provider relationship. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 15(6), 720-728. PMCID: PMC4121258

Brincks, A. M., Feaster, D. J., & Mitrani, V. B. (2010). A multilevel mediation model of stress and coping for women with HIV and their families. Family Process, 49(4), 517-529. PMCID: PMC4026041

De Santis, J., & Vasquez, E. P. (2010). An appraisal of the factors influencing human sexuality research in nursing. Nursing Forum, 45(3), 174-184.

De Santis, J.P. (2009). HIV infection risk factors among male-to-female transgender persons: A review of the literature. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 20(5), 362-372.

De Santis, J.P., Vasquez, E.P., Weidel, J.J., Watson, S., & Sanchez, M. (2009). A comparison of depressive symptoms, self-esteem, and sexual behaviors between foreign-born and US-born Hispanic men who have sex with men: Implications for HIV prevention. Hispanic Health Care International, 7(2), 80-87. doi:10.1891/1540-4153.7.2.80.

Gonzalez-Guarda, R. M., Ortega, J., Vasquez, E. P., & De Santis, J. (2010). La mancha negra: Substance abuse, violence, and sexual risks among Hispanic males. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 32(1), 128-148. PMCID: PMC3070461

Lawson, S.L., Laughon, K., Gonzalez-Guarda, R.M. (2012). Predictors of health care use among a predominantly Hispanic, urban sample of individuals seeking IPV services. Hispanic Health Care International, 10(1), 28-35. PMCID: PMC3528338

Maturo, D., Powell, A., Major-Wilson, H., Sanchez, K., De Santis, J., & Friedman, L. B. (2011). Development of a protocol for transitioning adolescents with HIV infection to adult care. Journal of Pediatric Healthcare, 25(1), 16-23.

McCabe B.E., Santisteban D.A., Mena M.P., Duchene D.M., McLean C., Monroe M. (2013). Engagement, retention, and abstinence for three types of opioid users in Florida. Substance Use and Misuse, 48(8), 623 - 634. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2013.800112. Epub 2013 Jun 10. PMCID: PMC3901156

Mena, M.P., Mitrani,V.B. , Mason,C.A., Muir, J.A., Santisteban, D.A. (2008). Extended parent-child separations: Impact on adolescent functioning and possible gender differences. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing. 13 (1), 50-52.

Miner, S., Ferrer, L., Cianelli, R., Bernales, M., & Cabieses, B. (2011). Intimate partner violence and HIV risk behaviors among socially disadvantaged Chilean women. Violence Against Women, 17(4), 517-531. PMCID: PMC3772780

Mitchell, E.M., Steeves, R. (2012). The acceptability of clean delivery kits on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua: A focused ethnography. Hispanic Health Care International, 10(1), 36-41. PMCID: PMC3512193

Mitrani, V. B., McCabe, B. E., Burns, M. J., & Feaster, D. J. (2012). Family mechanisms of structural ecosystems therapy for HIV-seropositive women in drug recovery. Health Psychology, 31(5), 591-600. PMCID: PMC3884197

Mitrani, V. B., Feaster, D. J., Weiss-Laxer, N. S., & McCabe, B. E. (2011). Malaise, motivation and motherhood: Predictors of engagement in behavioral interventions from a randomized controlled trial for HIV+ women in drug abuse recovery. AIDS & Behavior, 15(2), 396-406.PMCID: PMC305134

Mitrani, V. B., McCabe, B. E., Robinson, C., Weiss-Laxer, N. S., & Feaster, D. J. (2010). Structural ecosystems therapy for recovering HIV-positive women: Child, mother, and parenting outcomes. Journal of Family Psychology, 24(6), 746-755. PMCID: PMC3051342

Mitrani, V.B., Weiss-Laxer, N.S., Feaster, D.J. (2009). Factors related to loss of child custody in HIV+ women in drug abuse recovery. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 35(5), 320-324. PMCID: PMC2838176

Peragallo, N., Gonzalez-Guarda, R.M., McCabe, B. & Cianelli, R. (2012). The efficacy of an HIV risk reduction intervention for Hispanic women. AIDS and Behavior, 15(5), 1316-13126. PMCID: PMC3528343

Associated Faculty:
Victoria Behar Mitrani


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