AIDS-related grief and coping with loss among HIV-positive men and women.


Journal Article

AIDS-related grief was examined and its association with coping among HIV-positive men and women explored. AIDS-related grief, psychological distress and coping were examined among a sample of 268 HIV-infected individuals, diverse with respect to gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Participants exhibited elevated scores on measures of grief reaction and psychological distress including depressive symptoms, anxiety, and traumatic stress related to their losses. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that severity of grief reaction was associated with escape-avoidance and self-controlling coping strategies, type of loss, depressive symptoms, and history of injection drug use. Interventions are needed to enhance coping and reduce psychological distress associated with the unique bereavement experienced by people living with HIV- and AIDS-related grief.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sikkema, KJ; Kochman, A; DiFranceisco, W; Kelly, JA; Hoffmann, RG

Published Date

  • April 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 165 - 181

PubMed ID

  • 12776385

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12776385

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3521

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0160-7715

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1023/a:1023086723137


  • eng