HIV RISK-BEHAVIOR IN POOR URBAN WOMEN WITH SERIOUS MENTAL DISORDERS: Association With Childhood Physical and Sexual Abuse

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Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-4411

Abstract

Associations between childhood sexual and physical abuse and HIV-related risky behavior were examined among low-income, urban women with severe mental disorders. Early sexual abuse was found to be related to adult sexual and physical assault, alcohol and cocaine abuse, and prostitution; childhood physical abuse was related to adult physical assault and alcohol abuse. Findings highlight the importance of making HIV risk-reduction programs a part of integrated services that address a full range of psychosocial needs.

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