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J Health Psychol. 2015 Jan;20(1):3-12. doi: 10.1177/1359105313496447. Epub 2013 Aug 9.

Understanding the relationship between social support and physical and mental well-being among jail detainees living with HIV.

Author information

1
Emory University, USA kjacoba@sph.emory.edu.
2
Emory University, USA Emory University School of Medicine, USA.
3
Abt Associates, USA.
4
University of Illinois, USA.
5
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, USA.
6
AID Atlanta, USA.
7
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Transitional Health Care Coordination, USA.
8
The Miriam Hospital, USA.

Abstract

Inmates face a disproportionate burden of HIV. This study sought to explore the relationship between social support and physical and mental well-being and the possibility that housing stability moderates this relationship among jail detainees living with HIV. Data for this cross-sectional analysis come from 438 clients who underwent a structured interview. Results indicate a significant positive relationship between social support and both types of well-being (ps < .05); the experience of homelessness was associated with less mental well-being (p < .01). There was no evidence of moderation. Results highlight the importance of social support and economic considerations in understanding well-being among HIV+ jail detainees.

KEYWORDS:

AIDS; adults; social support; socioeconomic status; well-being

PMID:
23933949
DOI:
10.1177/1359105313496447
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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