The influence of social support, coping and mood on sexual risk behavior among HIV-positive men and women

Cheryl Gore-Felton, Cheryl Koopman, Julie M Turner-Cobb, Ron Duran, Dennis Israelski, David Spiegel

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships between social support, coping, mood and sexual risk behavior. Participants were 122 HIV-positive adults (60 women and 62 men). All participants were assessed on sexual risk behavior, perceived partner social support, coping with HIV/AIDS and mood. The results showed that sexual risk behavior was associated with male gender, education, perceived support of their partners and the use of emotion-focused coping style to deal with living with HIV and AIDS. Intervening with partners and developing effective coping strategies may decrease risk among HIV-positive men and women. Indeed, effective HIV prevention interventions must consider the social, psychological and cultural context in which sexual risk behavior occurs and develop strategies that intervene on these psychosocial factors. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)713-722
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume7
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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    Gore-Felton, C., Koopman, C., Turner-Cobb, J. M., Duran, R., Israelski, D., & Spiegel, D. (2002). The influence of social support, coping and mood on sexual risk behavior among HIV-positive men and women. Journal of Health Psychology, 7(6), 713-722.