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Exploring positive adjustment in HIV positive African women living in the UK

Dibb, B and Kamalesh, T (2012) Exploring positive adjustment in HIV positive African women living in the UK AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 24 (2). pp. 143-148.

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Research into living with HIV/AIDS has to date mainly focused on quality of life and there is little on the adjustment process for this group. The numbers of African women living with HIV/AIDS in the UK is growing and yet little is known about the adjustment experience for these women. This study explored aspects of positive adjustment to living with HIV/AIDS among a sample of African women living in London, UK. Transcripts of semi-structured interviews with 12 women were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Two superordinate themes emerged inductively from the data: positive changes in coping (subthemes: positive interpretation of their situation and positive behavioural changes) and positive growth since the HIV diagnosis (subthemes: changes in the value of life and, changes in goals and opportunities). While these women acknowledged the negative impact of living with HIV/AIDS, all participants mentioned changes in health behaviours to help regain mastery of their lives and comparing with others better-off and worse-off was used to enhance self-esteem and view their situation positively. The data show evidence for Taylor's Cognitive Adaptation Theory. © 2012 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Kamalesh, T
Date : 2012
DOI : 10.1080/09540121.2011.597710
Uncontrolled Keywords : HIV/AIDS, IPA, positive adjustment, positive growth, qualitative, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, adult, article, behavior change, clinical article, coping behavior, female, health behavior, health practitioner, human, Human immunodeficiency virus infection, priority journal, safe sex, semi structured interview, United Kingdom, Adaptation, Psychological, Adult, Africa, African Continental Ancestry Group, Attitude to Health, Female, HIV Infections, Humans, London, Middle Aged, Qualitative Research, Social Adjustment
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Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 10:45
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 20:00

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