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Citation:  Hergenrather, K. C., Geishecker, S., Clark, G., & Rhodes, S. D (2013). A pilot test of the HOPE intervention to explore employment and mental health among African American gay men living with HIV/AIDS: Results from a CBPR study. AIDS Education and Prevention, 25 (5), 405-422.
Title:  A pilot test of the HOPE intervention to explore employment and mental health among African American gay men living with HIV/AIDS: Results from a CBPR study
Authors:  Hergenrather, K. C., Geishecker, S., Clark, G., & Rhodes, S. D
Year:  2013
Journal/Publication:  AIDS Education and Prevention
Publisher:  Guilford Press
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1521/aeap.2013.25.5.405
Full text:  http://guilfordjournals.com/doi/abs/10.1521/aeap.2013.25.5.405?af=R   
Peer-reviewed?  No
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Background:  With the advent of effective HIV/AIDS treatment, more individuals with this disease are living with chronic symptoms that require self-management, particularly when balancing the demands of employment.
Purpose:  The purpose of the HOPE intervention is to improve mental health and employment outcomes for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
Study sample:  African American gay men living with HIV/AIDS
Intervention:  The Helping Overcome Problems Effectively (HOPE) intervention is presented as a way to address mental health and employment with African American gay men living with HIV/AIDS. The intervention includes 7 3-hour groups meeting weekly in order to discuss goal-setting, problem-solving skills, self-management of issues related to disability, and employment.
Findings:  The HOPE intervention shows promising results.
Conclusions:  The HOPE intervention can be applied to other populations as a way to improve mental health and employment outcomes.

Disabilities served:  HIV / AIDS
Medical impairment
Populations served:  Culturally diverse populations (e.g., African Americans, Native Americans, and non-English speaking populations)
High school dropouts / functionally illiterate persons
Persons with multiple disabilities (e.g., deaf-blindness, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse)
SSI and SSDI recipients
Interventions:  Job search and placement assistance
Vocational rehabilitation