The Brief Disclosure Intervention (BDI): Facilitating African Americans' Disclosure of HIV

Kathryn Greene, Amanda Carpenter, Danielle Catona, Kate Magsamen-Conrad

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HIV+ African Americans face many challenges that may be addressed by increased social support. This manuscript presents the Brief Disclosure Intervention and explores strategies to tailor the intervention to facilitate disclosure, increase social support, and ameliorate health disparities among HIV+ African Americans. The disclosure decision-making model served as the theoretical framework. HIV+ African Americans (N = 43) in New Jersey participated in structured interviews at 2 time points and half received the intervention. The intervention group reported increased disclosure efficacy and decreased disclosure anxiety and worry. Qualitative themes for disclosure issues included distress in social network, concern for others, and institutional support. Implications for theory and research, use and tailoring of the intervention, and decreasing health disparities are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-158
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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