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ERIC Number: EJ836099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Depression and Social Context: Primary Supporter Relationship Factors Associated with Depressive Symptoms among a Disadvantaged Population with HIV/AIDS
Knowlton, Amy R.; Curry, Aaron; Hua, Wei; Wissow, Lawrence
Journal of Community Psychology, v37 n4 p526-541 May 2009
Social support is associated with better health outcomes among chronically ill individuals, yet support receipt can be stressful. The study examined supporter relationship factors, among n = 156 main-supporter-HIV+support-recipient dyads, associated with recipient's depression (CES-D greater than or equal to 16). Results indicated that support recipient's depression was associated with a 3.6-times higher odds of main supporters' depression, a 2.5-times higher odds of supporters' being a friend or same-generation kin (versus partner or other kin), and a 3.7-times higher odds of support recipients' financial reliance on the supporter. Support recipients' depression was positively associated with supporter-recipient conflict, and negatively associated with supporter-recipient communication. The model explained over half the deviance in recipients' depressive symptoms. Results suggest prevention interventions ought to target HIV seropositives and their main supporters and promote communication and conflict resolution skills. Such intervention approaches may alleviate their depression and promote sustained HIV-related support, with potential implications to HIV treatment outcomes. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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