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Psychol Health Med. 2018 Jan;23(1):18-29. doi: 10.1080/13548506.2017.1300671. Epub 2017 Mar 7.

Coping, social support, stigma, and gender difference among people living with HIV in Guangxi, China.

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a Valenti School of Communication , University of Houston , Houston , TX , USA.
b South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality, Arnold School of Public Health , University of South Carolina , Columbia , SC , USA.
c Department of HIV/STD Prevention , Guangxi Center for Disease Control and Prevention , Guangxi , China.


The current study examined whether gender, HIV-related stigma, social support, and the interaction between gender and social support are associated with coping responses among people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) in Guangxi, China. A total of 2987 PLWHA in Guangxi participated from October 2012 to August 2013. Multivariate analysis of covariance was conducted with gender and social support as main factors in the model, and stigma and other variables as covariates. After controlling for demographic variables and stigma, there were significant main effects of emotional social support (F = 1.61, p < .001), functional social support (F = 1.67, p < .001), and informational social support (F = 3.67, p < .001) on various coping strategies. The interaction between gender and informational social support (F = 1.33, p < .05), internalized stigma (F = 37.03, p < .001) and perceived stigma (F = 9.16, p < .001) were associated with various coping strategies. Findings signify the importance of HIV-related stigma and social support differences in the coping strategies among PLWHA in Guangxi, China.


China; Coping; HIV-related stigma; gender difference; social support

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