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Effects of AIDS-related bereavement and HIV-related illness on psychological distress among gay men: a 7-year longitudinal study, 1985-1991.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of consulting and clinical psychology
Publication Date
Volume
61
Issue
1
Pages
94–103
Identifiers
PMID: 8450113
Source
Medline

Abstract

In this study we examined the influence of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)-related bereavement on psychological distress from 1985 through 1991. We predicted that this relation would be influenced by personal knowledge of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and symptoms consistent with HIV-related illness. Interview data collected each year on a cohort of 746 gay men included information on the deaths and illnesses of network members caused by AIDS, as well as on psychological distress, sedative use, HIV-related symptoms, and HIV infection status. Significant main effects of bereavement were found in each year after controlling for both losses occurring from 1 to 2 years previously and for AIDS and HIV health status. The intensity and duration of these bereavement effects diminished over time. Groups of men who were both bereaved and classified as having AIDS or were HIV positive reported the highest level of distress in every year compared with the 3 other groups.

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