Problem behavior of adolescents whose parents are living with AIDS

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1999 Apr;69(2):228-39. doi: 10.1037/h0080424.


Substance use, acts of sexual risk, conduct problems, and internalizing, externalizing, and somaticizing mental health symptoms were examined among 239 adolescent children and their parents living with AIDS in New York City. Consistent with theories regarding imitative behavior, stress, and anticipatory loss, adolescents' externalizing behavior problems and somatic symptoms were related to their parents' status.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / psychology*
  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology