Psychosocial adjustment along the hiv disease continuum

Pakenham K.I., Dadds M.R. and Terry D.J. (1995) Psychosocial adjustment along the hiv disease continuum. Psychology & Health, 10 6: 523-536. doi:10.1080/08870449508401969

Author Pakenham K.I.
Dadds M.R.
Terry D.J.
Title Psychosocial adjustment along the hiv disease continuum
Journal name Psychology & Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1476-8321
Publication date 1995-11-01
Year available 1995
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08870449508401969
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 10
Issue 6
Start page 523
End page 536
Total pages 14
Place of publication READING
Language eng
Subject 2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
3202 Applied Psychology
Abstract Evidence suggests that certain indices of stage of HIV disease are determinants of psychological distress, although information is lacking on how disease stage impacts on multiple domains of adjustment. The present study aimed: (1) to explore differences among clinical stages of HIV on measures of psychosocial adjustment, and (2) to explore the relationship between indices of psychosocial adjustment to HIV and self-report measures of physical health. Ninety six HIV-infected persons and 33 HIV seronegative comparison group participants were interviewed and completed self-administered scales. Participants were divided into four groups (the independent variable): a comparison group and three HIV groups, representing the three clinical indices of illness stage (asymptomatic, early symptomatic and AIDS). Three subjective health indices included number of HIV-related symptoms, global health rating, and T4 count. The dependent variables included 5 psychosocial adjustment measures. Results indicated that social and instrumental domains of adjustment were significantly associated with both clinical stage and all 3 subjective health indices. Levels of psychological distress were associated with number of physical symptoms and global health rating, but were unrelated to clinical stage and T4 count. Emotional and existential concerns were unrelated to all indices of illness stage.
Keyword Psychosocial adjustment HIV
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status Unknown

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