Self-compassion and reactions to serious illness: the case of HIV.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

To test the hypothesis that self-compassion buffers people against the emotional impact of illness and is associated with medical adherence, 187 HIV-infected individuals completed a measure of self-compassion and answered questions about their emotional and behavioral reactions to living with HIV. Self-compassion was related to better adjustment, including lower stress, anxiety, and shame. Participants higher in self-compassion were more likely to disclose their HIV status to others and indicated that shame had less of an effect on their willingness to practice safe sex and seek medical care. In general, self-compassion was associated with notably more adaptive reactions to having HIV.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brion, JM; Leary, MR; Drabkin, AS

Published Date

  • February 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 218 - 229

PubMed ID

  • 23300046

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4355940

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1461-7277

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1359-1053

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1359105312467391


  • eng