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Assessing Stigma, Disclosure Regret and Posttraumatic Growth in People Living with HIV

Dibb, Bridget (2018) Assessing Stigma, Disclosure Regret and Posttraumatic Growth in People Living with HIV AIDS and Behavior, 22 (12). pp. 3916-3923.

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Posttraumatic growth after a diagnosis of HIV is positively associated with adjustment, yet stigma and disclosure regret are negatively associated with adjustment. Research into whether posttraumatic growth is experienced while perceiving stigma and disclosure regret is still growing. This study aimed to determine whether posttraumatic growth maintains a positive relation with life satisfaction after controlling for disclosure regret and perceived stigma. Using a cross-sectional design, a questionnaire measuring life satisfaction, health status, depression, posttraumatic growth, disease severity, perceived stigma, disclosure regret, and demographical information was completed by 73 people living with HIV (PLWH). Results showed that all participants had disclosed to at least one person. Regression results showed that after controlling for other variables, including stigma and disclosure regret, posttraumatic growth was positively associated with life satisfaction. The importance of the relation of posttraumatic growth with subjective measures of adjustment may be important for interventions aimed at supporting PLWH.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Date : December 2018
DOI : 10.1007/s10461-018-2230-2
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2018. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Uncontrolled Keywords : adjustment; disclosure regret; HIV; perceived stigma; posttraumatic growth
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 18 Jul 2018 14:33
Last Modified : 21 Jul 2019 02:08

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