Life satisfaction and pessimism in HIV positive people: a comparative study from India

Selwyn Stanley, V Sethuramalingam, S Sathia

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    The manifestation of negative psychological states has been a recurrent theme in the HIV literature. This study explored the life satisfaction of HIV positive persons in India along with the extent of hopelessness (pessimism) manifested in them. HIV positive adults (N=309), registered with Network for Positive People a NGO in Tamilnadu, India constituted the respondents for this investigation. They were administered the Hopelessness Scale (Beck et al., 1974) and the Satisfaction with Life Scale (Diener, 1985). Respondents were compared on the basis of gender and marital status. Data analysis revealed that female respondents and those who were ‘single’ showed a significant difference from male respondents and those married and scored higher on pessimism and lower on life satisfaction. Further, the life satisfaction score showed highly significant negative correlations with the overall hopelessness score and its sub-dimensions. These findings are in consonance with the Western literature and show poorer emotional states in HIV positive persons from India and indicate areas for intervention which merit attention.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages95-104
    Number of pages10
    JournalInternational Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation
    Volume18
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    • pessimism
    • life satisfaction
    • gender
    • marital status
    • India

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    Stanley, Selwyn ; Sethuramalingam, V ; Sathia, S. / Life satisfaction and pessimism in HIV positive people : a comparative study from India. In: International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. 2013 ; Vol. 18, No. 1. pp. 95-104.
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    In: International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2013, p. 95-104.

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