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AIDS Care. 2017 Nov;29(11):1399-1403. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2017.1300627. Epub 2017 Mar 5.

Depression partially mediated the relationship between basic psychological needs and quality of life among people living with HIV.

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a Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Aging , University of Rochester , Rochester , USA.
2
b Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine and Dentistry , University of Rochester , Rochester , USA.

Abstract

Few studies have examined the relationship between basic psychological needs (BPN), depression and quality of life (QOL) in people living with HIV (PLWH). This cross-sectional study (N = 65; 37% females, 37% Caucasian, mean age = 55 ± 6 years, mean CD4 count = 668 ± 368 cells/mm3, average duration of HIV = 18 ± 4 years) found that BPN frustration was related with lower QOL. The strength of this relationship was reduced after controlling for depression. This suggests that depression partially mediated the relationship between BPN and QOL. BPN and depression may be specific targets for psychosocial interventions aimed at improving QOL in PLWH to promote successful aging.

KEYWORDS:

HIV; basic psychological needs; depression; mediation; quality of life

PMID:
28278562
DOI:
10.1080/09540121.2017.1300627
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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