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Publications [#321676] of Kathleen J. Sikkema

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  1. Vincent, W; Fang, X; Calabrese, SK; Heckman, TG; Sikkema, KJ; Hansen, NB (2017). HIV-related shame and health-related quality of life among older, HIV-positive adults.. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 40(3), 434-444. [doi]
    (last updated on 2018/07/16)

    Abstract:
    This study investigated how HIV-related shame is associated with health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in older people living with HIV (PLHIV). Structural equation modeling tested whether HIV-related shame was associated with three dimensions of HRQoL (physical, emotional, and social well-being) and whether there were significant indirect associations of HIV-related shame with the three HRQoL dimensions via depression and loneliness in a sample of 299 PLHIV ≥50 years old. Results showed that depression and loneliness were key mechanisms, with depression at least partially accounting for the association between HIV-related shame and both emotional and physical well-being, respectively, and loneliness accounting for the association between HIV-related shame and social well-being. HIV-related shame appears to be an important correlate of HRQoL in older PLHIV and may provide a promising leveraging point by which to improve HRQoL in older PLHIV.


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