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Silencing the Self Across CulturesDepression and Gender in the Social World$
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Dana C. Jack and Alisha Ali

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195398090

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398090.001.0001

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Supporting Voice in Women Living with HIV/AIDS

Supporting Voice in Women Living with HIV/AIDS

(p.343) Chapter 15 Supporting Voice in Women Living with HIV/AIDS
Silencing the Self Across Cultures

Rosanna F. DeMarco

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the ways in which self-silencing theory can be used to understand the experiences of women in inner-city Boston living with HIV/AIDS. The author discusses how the self-silencing construct contributed to the creation of a gender-sensitive culturally relevant intervention related to safe sex behaviors for women at risk. The chapter presents a program of community-based participatory action research that involves (a) an examination of the complex problem of women living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, and (b) the use of the author's culturally relevant intervention to change behavior, increase self-esteem, decrease depression, and give ”voice” to women. The author argues that self-silencing theory can be applied in creating an innovative approach to HIV/AIDS prevention for women.

Keywords:   HIV/AIDS, depression, self-silencing, African American women, participatory action research, culturally relevant interventions

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