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Type: Published Manuscript
Title: Family conflict and depressive symptoms: a study of HIV-seropositive men.
Authors: Semple SJ, Patterson TL, Temoshok LR, Straits-Tr
Year: 1997
Publication: AIDS and Behavior
Volume: 1 Issue: 1 Pages: 53-60
Abstract:There is a paucity of research on the health consequences of family conflict for HIV+ individuals. This study examined three dimensions of family conflict in relation to depressive symptoms among HIV+ men. Lifestyle conflict involves disagreements with family over the participant's lifestyle, choice of mate/friends, or sexual orientation. HIV-specific conflict captures disagreements over disclosure of seropositivity, and transmission potential. Family involvement conflict involves disagreements over lack of support, unwanted advice, or family overinvolvement. Regression analyses revealed that HIV-specific conflict was a significant predictor of Hamilton depression scores for healthier individuals only. Less healthy individuals may perceive family conflict as relatively benign when juxtaposed with the threat of AIDS.

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