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Psychother Psychosom Med Psychol. 2014 Jan;64(1):20-7. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1341449. Epub 2013 May 15.

[Stigmatization in HIV/AIDS: first German adaptation of the HIV-stigma scale (HSS-D)].

[Article in German]

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1
Klinikum rechts der Isar, Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie, Technische Universität München.
2
MVZ Karlsplatz, HIV Schwerpunktpraxis, München.
3
MUC Research GmbH, München.

Abstract

Despite improvements in medical treatment and numerous public health campaigns stigmatization remains a potent stressor for people living with HIV/ AIDS. This study provides an initial German adaptation of the HIV Stigma Scale (HSS-D). Participants were 167 HIV-positive homosexual men aged 22-74 years. Exploratory factor analysis replicated the original four-factor structure (subscales: enacted stigma, disclosure concerns, negative self-image, concern with public attitudes). Further psychometric analysis led to a revised version comprising 21 items (HSS-D21). The scale showed high reliability (α=0.90). Significant associations with anxiety, depres-sion, life satisfaction and perceived social support confirmed for construct validity. The majority of the respondents expressed high acceptance of the stigma measure. In order to eslish a thorough German adaptation further research with diverse samples is needed.

PMID:
23677626
DOI:
10.1055/s-0033-1341449
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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