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Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2017 Jun 17;15(1):127. doi: 10.1186/s12955-017-0703-z.

The effects of beliefs about AIDS-related death on quality of life in Chinese married couples with both husband and wife infected with HIV: examining congruence using the actor-partner interdependence model.

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Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, HKSAR, China. nancy.yu@cityu.edu.hk.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This cross-sectional study examined the actor and partner effects of beliefs about AIDS-related death on quality of life in Chinese married couples in which both were living with HIV.

METHODS:

A total of 49 married couples in central China who were both infected with HIV completed measures to assess their beliefs about AIDS-related death and quality of life.

RESULTS:

In the actor-partner interdependence model, the husband-wife dyad showed congruence in their beliefs about AIDS-related death (r = .40) and quality of life-mental health summary (r = .31), respectively, within the couple. Both actor and partner effects of beliefs about AIDS-related death on the quality of life-mental health summary, rather than the quality of life-physical health summary, were significant within the husband-wife dyad.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our findings indicate the dyadic interdependence of beliefs about AIDS-related death and the quality of life-mental health summary in married couples. Psychosocial interventions that target a reduction of negative death beliefs and enhancement of well-being in the context of HIV should treat the couple as a unit.

KEYWORDS:

Actor-partner interdependence model; Beliefs about AIDS-related death; Married couple; Mental health; Quality of life

PMID:
28623928
PMCID:
PMC5474019
DOI:
10.1186/s12955-017-0703-z
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