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Aging Ment Health. 2015;19(11):1015-21.

Resilience, stress, and life quality in older adults living with HIV/AIDS.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study tested the mediating effect of resilience on the relationship between life stress and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in older people, 50 years of age and older, living with HIV/AIDS (OPLWHA).

METHOD:

Data from 299 OPLWHA were analyzed using structural equation modeling (SEM) to define a novel resilience construct (represented by coping self-efficacy, active coping, hope/optimism, and social support) and to assess mediating effects of resilience on the association between life stress and HRQoL (physical, emotional, and functional/global well-being).

RESULTS:

SEM analyses showed satisfactory model fit for both resilience and mediational models, with resilience mediating the associations between life stress and physical, emotional, and functional/global well-being.

CONCLUSION:

Resilience may reduce the negative influence of life stress on physical, emotional, and functional/global well-being in OPLWHA. Interventions that build personal capacity, coping skills, and social support may contribute to better management of HIV/AIDS and increase HRQoL.

PMID:
25633086
PMCID:
PMC4520800
DOI:
10.1080/13607863.2014.1003287
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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