Illness-related factors, stress and coping strategies in relation to psychological distress in HIV-infected persons in Hong Kong

Iris Chan, May Lan Alma Mary Gerardina Au, P. Li, R. Chung, M. P. Lee, P. Yu

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This study examined the relationships among illness-related factors, stress, coping strategies and psychological distress in HIV-infected persons in Hong Kong (N = 118). Multiple regression analyses were used to examine the models of psychological distress as a function of demographic factors, illness-related factors, psychosocial stressors and coping. Results showed that positive thinking was inversely related to psychological distress and avoidance was associated with higher level of anxiety. However, the use of problem solving was found to be inversely related to anxiety. Results are discussed in the context of Chinese culture and the service in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)977-982
Number of pages6
JournalAIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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