Perceived social support and mental health states in a clinic-based sample of older HIV positive adults

Farzana Kapadia, Michael Levy, Marybec Griffin-Tomas, Richard E. Greene, Sophia N. Halkitis, Antonio Urbina, Perry N. Halkitis

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Abstract

Despite a high prevalence of mental health problems in older, HIV+ adults (aged ≥ 50), few studies have examined the relationship between perceived social support and mental health burdens in this group. In a clinic-based sample of 100 adults, 23% and 29% met criteria for one and more than one mental health burden, respectively. In multivariable binary logistic models, perceived receipt of positive and emotional social support as well as overall support was inversely associated with the presence of mental health burdens. There is a need for additional investigation of how social support can help mitigate mental health burdens among HIV+ older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-427
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

Keywords

  • HIV/AIDS
  • mental health
  • older adults
  • social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)

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