Stigma and Spiritual Well-being among People Living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Appalachia

Sadie P. Hutson, Caroline K. Darlington, Joanne M. Hall, Robert Heidel, Susan Gaskins

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Abstract

The Appalachian South is disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. Partly due to the negative connotation that this disease carries in religiously conservative areas, HIV-related stigma remains a critical barrier to HIV care in the South. However, spirituality is a well-documented, effective coping mechanism among persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH). The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between HIV-related stigma and spiritual well-being among a sample of PLWH (n = 216) in Appalachian counties of Tennessee and Alabama using the HIV Stigma Scale and the Spiritual Well-being Scale. Overall, disclosure of HIV status was the most highly reported stigma concern. Women reported higher levels of stigma and religious well-being than men. While existential well-being was negatively correlated with stigma, no significant overall correlation was found between religious well-being and stigma. Our findings reveal the importance of defining theology and differentiating between cultural religious conditioning and internalized beliefs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)482-489
Number of pages8
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 3 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
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Stigma and Spiritual Well-being among People Living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Appalachia. / Hutson, Sadie P.; Darlington, Caroline K.; Hall, Joanne M.; Heidel, Robert; Gaskins, Susan.

In: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, Vol. 39, No. 6, 03.06.2018, p. 482-489.

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Hutson, Sadie P. ; Darlington, Caroline K. ; Hall, Joanne M. ; Heidel, Robert ; Gaskins, Susan. / Stigma and Spiritual Well-being among People Living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Appalachia. In: Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 2018 ; Vol. 39, No. 6. pp. 482-489.
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