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Psychological Distress and Substance Abuse in Jamaican Youths Living with HIV/AIDS

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2013.024
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341–5
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There is a statistically significant relationship between psychological distress and substance use in Jamaican youths living with HIV/AIDS. Strategies should be implemented that are geared at helping youths deal effectively with the psychosocial burden of the disease.

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Objective: Current epidemiological research indicates that HIV/AIDS endures and continues to be a significant vulnerability among adolescents and youths despite the increased access to antiretroviral drugs and the reduction in the global progression of the disease. This study examined the association between substance use and psychological distress within the Jamaican population of youths coping with the illness.

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e-Published: 14 Aug, 2013
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