Self-Compassion and Risk Behavior Among People Living With HIV/AIDS
Article first published online: 9 FEB 2014
© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 37, Issue 2, pages 98–106, April 2014
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Dawson Rose, C., Webel, A., Sullivan, K. M., Cuca, Y. P., Wantland, D., Johnson, M. O., Brion, J., Portillo, C. J., Corless, I. B., Voss, J., Chen, W.-T., Phillips, J. C., Tyer-Viola, L., Rivero-Méndez, M., Nicholas, P. K., Nokes, K., Kemppainen, J., Sefcik, E., Eller, L. S., Iipinge, S., Kirksey, K., Chaiphibalsarisdi, P., Davila, N., Hamilton, M. J., Hickey, D., Maryland, M., Reid, P. and Holzemer, W. L. (2014), Self-Compassion and Risk Behavior Among People Living With HIV/AIDS. Res. Nurs. Health, 37: 98–106. doi: 10.1002/nur.21587
- Issue published online: 15 MAR 2014
- Article first published online: 9 FEB 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 DEC 2013
- International Nursing Network for HIV/AIDS Research;
- sexual risk behavior;
- illicit drug use
Sexual risk behavior and illicit drug use among people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) contribute to poor health and onward transmission of HIV. The aim of this collaborative multi-site nursing research study was to explore the association between self-compassion and risk behaviors in PLWHA. As part of a larger project, nurse researchers in Canada, China, Namibia, Puerto Rico, Thailand and the US enrolled 1211 sexually active PLWHA using convenience sampling. The majority of the sample was male, middle-aged, and from the US. Illicit drug use was strongly associated with sexual risk behavior, but participants with higher self-compassion were less likely to report sexual risk behavior, even in the presence of illicit drug use. Self-compassion may be a novel area for behavioral intervention development for PLWHA. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.