PUERTO RICAN HIV POSITIVE ADOLESCENTS STRIVING TO LIVE A NORMAL LIFE : A GROUNDED THEORY

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Title:
PUERTO RICAN HIV POSITIVE ADOLESCENTS STRIVING TO LIVE A NORMAL LIFE : A GROUNDED THEORY
Abstract:
PUERTO RICAN HIV POSITIVE ADOLESCENTS STRIVING TO LIVE A NORMAL LIFE : A GROUNDED THEORY
Conference Sponsor:Western Institute of Nursing
Conference Year:2010
Author:Rodriguez, Janet, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:University of Puerto Rico - Medical Sciences Campus - School of Nursing
Title:Associate Professor
Contact Address:Box 365067, San Juan, PR, 00936-5067, PR
Co-Authors:Elaine G. Jones
BACKGROUND: According to the Puerto Rico Health Department by September 2009, 261 cases of HIV, ages 13 -19 were reported and 265 cases of AIDS, ages 13-19 (Puerto Rico Health Department, 2009).
PURPOSE: To describe the basic social processes of medication adherence in Puerto Rican youth who are HIV positive. Three research questions were proposed: 1) What are the basic social processes of medication adherence in Puerto Rican youth who are HIV positive?; 2) What factors influence medication adherence (or nonadherence) among HIV positive adolescents?; 3) What behaviors indicate that the HIV positive adolescents adhere or do not adhere to their prescribed medications?
METHODS: Grounded theory was used to study 13 Puerto Rican HIV-positive adolescents. Data collection included semi-structured, in-depth interviews, field notes, participant observation, and a demographic questionnaire.
RESULTS: A substantive theory Striving to Live a Normal Life, with the core category of normal emerged from data analysis. Striving to Live a Normal Life explains how these Puerto Rican HIV-positive adolescents try to integrated their HIV status and treatment with their lives. These adolescents had concentrated their lives on striving to live a normal life. The use of a variety of coping strategies has helped them visualize themselves as a normal adolescent with a normal life. Because they see themselves having a normal life, taking or nor taking their medications for HIV is also seen as a normal part of their lives.
IMPLICATIONS: This study is the beginning of understanding the concept and process of normalization in this population. The findings support the findings in a study done with HIVûpositive adolescents from France in which the concept of normality was related to their lives. This was the only study found concerning this topic and with this population.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePUERTO RICAN HIV POSITIVE ADOLESCENTS STRIVING TO LIVE A NORMAL LIFE : A GROUNDED THEORYen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/157343-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">PUERTO RICAN HIV POSITIVE ADOLESCENTS STRIVING TO LIVE A NORMAL LIFE : A GROUNDED THEORY</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Western Institute of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Rodriguez, Janet, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Puerto Rico - Medical Sciences Campus - School of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">Box 365067, San Juan, PR, 00936-5067, PR</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">janet.rodriguez4@upr.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Elaine G. Jones</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">BACKGROUND: According to the Puerto Rico Health Department by September 2009, 261 cases of HIV, ages 13 -19 were reported and 265 cases of AIDS, ages 13-19 (Puerto Rico Health Department, 2009). <br/>PURPOSE: To describe the basic social processes of medication adherence in Puerto Rican youth who are HIV positive. Three research questions were proposed: 1) What are the basic social processes of medication adherence in Puerto Rican youth who are HIV positive?; 2) What factors influence medication adherence (or nonadherence) among HIV positive adolescents?; 3) What behaviors indicate that the HIV positive adolescents adhere or do not adhere to their prescribed medications? <br/>METHODS: Grounded theory was used to study 13 Puerto Rican HIV-positive adolescents. Data collection included semi-structured, in-depth interviews, field notes, participant observation, and a demographic questionnaire. <br/>RESULTS: A substantive theory Striving to Live a Normal Life, with the core category of normal emerged from data analysis. Striving to Live a Normal Life explains how these Puerto Rican HIV-positive adolescents try to integrated their HIV status and treatment with their lives. These adolescents had concentrated their lives on striving to live a normal life. The use of a variety of coping strategies has helped them visualize themselves as a normal adolescent with a normal life. Because they see themselves having a normal life, taking or nor taking their medications for HIV is also seen as a normal part of their lives. <br/>IMPLICATIONS: This study is the beginning of understanding the concept and process of normalization in this population. The findings support the findings in a study done with HIV&ucirc;positive adolescents from France in which the concept of normality was related to their lives. This was the only study found concerning this topic and with this population.<br/></td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T19:47:13Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T19:47:13Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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