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Gachanja G, Burkholder GJ, Ferraro A.2014. HIV-positive parents’ accounts on disclosure preparation activities for a parent’s and/or a child’s illness in Kenya. PeerJ PrePrints2:e577v1https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.577v1
The aim of this research brief is to describe a study that examined how HIV-positive parents prepared themselves and their children for HIV disclosure in Kenya. This is the first study from Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) that provides comprehensive data on how HIV-positive parents prepare themselves and their HIV-positive and negative children for disclosure of a parent’s and/or a child’s illness. Prior studies in SSA have provided limited details about the activities performed by parents to prepare for disclosure of a parent’s or a child’s illness.Key aspects of preparing for disclosure to children: 1. Most parents take years to prepare for disclosure, proceeding when they judge themselves ready to impart the news and their children receptive to receive the news. 2. Parents’ preparation activities for disclosure proceed through four major phases which include secrecy, exploration, readiness, and finally full disclosure of illness. 3. In the secrecy phase parents do not disclose; in the exploration phase they plan how they will disclose; in the readiness phase they seek activities that will help them to fully disclose; finally when ready they fully disclose to their children based on birth order. 4. Parents who have many children remain simultaneously within the different preparation phases as they move their children from a state where none are disclosed to, to a state when all of them have been fully disclosed to. The original research article is located at: http://scholarworks.waldenu.edu/jsbhs/vol8/iss1/1/
This research brief summarizes a recently published article that provided research findings on how HIV-positive parents prepare themselves and their HIV-positive and negative children for disclosure of a parent's and/or a child's illness in Kenya.