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Record identifier : 566323
Personal Name - Primary Intelectual Responsibility : Lyon, Debra Epps
Title and statement of responsibility : A causal model of the effects of existential well-being on the relationship between severity of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease and depression [Thesis]
Publication, Distribution,Etc. : Virginia Commonwealth University, 1997
Language of the Item : eng
Dissertation of thesis details and type of degree : Ph.D
Body granting the degree : , Virginia Commonwealth University
Summary or Abstract : The HIV epidemic continues; the second wave now disproportionately affects minority populations and women. Living with, instead of dying from, HIV disease is becoming more likely given the recent treatment advances, especially the protease inhibitors, which for some have offered renewed vigor and hope for the future. Existential responses to HIV disease involve how one lives with a potentially terminal, stigmatic condition. Living well involves facing the potential stigmatization of infection with HIV and developing meaning in life that is independent of physical health and societal regard. The concept of living well, termed existential well-being in this study, was tested as a latent construct comprised of three indicators: purpose in life, meaning in life and lack of stigmatization. Using structural equation modeling, this research tested the effects of existential well-being on severity of hypothesized that depression was a likely outcome of increasing severity of HIV disease, unless this relationship was attenuated by existential well-being..
Topical Name Used as Subject : Nursing, Physiological psychology, Public health, Human immunodeficiency virus--HIV, Mental depression
Information of biblio record : TL
 
 
 
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