By Dr Hadiza Mohammed Bello
The study, guided by three hypotheses, investigated the influence of demographic variables on the effectiveness of cognitive restructuring on depression among HIV/AIDS infected women in Kaduna state, Nigeria. Quasi-experimental research design was employed using pre-test and post-test design. Sample size comprises of sixty (60) women with HIV/AIDS, having moderate level of depression selected using Beck Depression Inventory. Hypotheses formulated for the study were statistically analysed using Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). Results of the data analysis for the study showed that marital status and level of income have no significant influence on the effectiveness of cognitive restructuring technique on depression of HIV/AIDS women; while level of education has significant influence on the effectiveness of cognitive restructuring technique on depression of HIV/AIDS women. It is therefore recommended that psychologists and counsellors should employ cognitive restructuring technique irrespective of female patients’ marital status and level of income; but that psychologists and counsellors should consider educational level of patients in employing cognitive restructuring technique as it is found to be more effective for those with secondary school education.