Depressive symptomatology among HIV-positive women in the era of HAART: A stress and coping model AMERICAN JOURNAL OF COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY Remien, R. H., Exner, T., Kertzner, R. M., Ehrhardt, A. A., Rotheram-Borus, M. J., Johnson, M. O., Weinhardt, L. S., Kittel, L. E., Goldstein, R. B., Pinto, R. M., Morin, S. F., Chesney, M. A., Lightfoot, M., Gore-Felton, C., Dodge, B., Kelly, J. A. 2006; 38 (3-4): 275-285


An enhanced stress and coping model was used to explain depression among HIV-positive women in healthcare and community settings where highly active anti-retroviral treatment (HAART) was commonplace.HIV-infected women in four cities (N=978) were assessed, cross-sectionally, for mental and physical health, stress, social support, and other background factors.Self-reported level of depressive symptomatology was high. Number of physical symptoms, illness intrusiveness, and perceived stress were positively associated with depressed mood, while coping self-efficacy and social support were negatively associated. Stress mediated the effect of health status on depression and coping self-efficacy mediated the effect of psychosocial resources on depression. Our enhanced stress and coping model accounted for 52% of variance in depressive symtpomatology.Interventions focused on improving coping self-efficacy, bolstering social supports, and decreasing stress in the lives of HIV-positive women may help to reduce the negative effects of HIV disease on mood.

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