Cary C. Boshamer Professor.
Motherhood in the context of maternal HIV infection†
Version of Record online: 15 DEC 2003
Copyright © 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 26, Issue 6, pages 470–482, December 2003
How to Cite
Sandelowski, M. and Barroso, J. (2003), Motherhood in the context of maternal HIV infection. Res. Nurs. Health, 26: 470–482. doi: 10.1002/nur.10109
We are indebted to Louise Jensen, Margaret Kearney, George Noblit, Gail Powell-Cope, and Sally Thorne for the discursive turn in this article. We thank Miriam Jicha for the figure designs.
- Issue online: 15 DEC 2003
- Version of Record online: 15 DEC 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 NOV 2003
- Manuscript Received: 5 AUG 2003
- The National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health. Grant Number: R01 NR04907
- chronic illness;
- qualitative metasynthesis;
- women's health
Metasummary and metasynthesis techniques were used to integrate findings pertaining to motherhood in 56 reports of qualitative studies conducted with HIV-positive women. Motherhood in the context of maternal HIV infection entailed work directed toward the illness itself and the social consequences of having HIV infection in the service of two primary goals: the protection of children from HIV infection and HIV-related stigma and the preservation of a positive maternal identity. Motherhood both intensified and mitigated the negative physical and social effects of HIV infection. HIV-positive mothers engaged in a distinctive kind of maternal practice—virtual motherhood—to resist forces that disrupted their relationships with and ability to care for their children, as well as their identities as mothers. © 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc. Res Nurs Health 26:470–482, 2003