Psychological well-being of gay men with AIDS: Contribution of positve and negative illness-related network interactions to depressive mood

Karolynn Siegel, Victoria H. Raveis, Daniel Karus

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Abstract

While the positive functions of social network interactions in ameliorating the effects of life stress are widely documented and acknowledged, a growing body of research investigations has demonstrated that social relationships can concurrently be a source of stress and that actions intended to be supportive may instead be experienced as psychologically disturbing. Data from a study of the social support experiences of gay men diagnosed with AIDS were examined to determine the contribution to the men's depressive mood of positive and negative network interactions (n = 83). Although the results are consistent with the social support literature regarding the beneficial effect of positive network interactions for seriously-ill individuals, the findings also indicate that negative illness-related network interactions are associated with decreases in depressive mood, as indicated by scores on the Center for Epidemiological Studies of Depression Scale (CES-D). The findings also demonstrate the additive effects of positive and negative network interactions and clearly point out the value of investigating the complexity and multiple functions of social interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1555-1563
Number of pages9
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume39
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1994

Keywords

  • AIDS
  • gay men
  • social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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