Perceived stressors and coping responses in persons with recurrent genital herpes
Version of Record online: 19 JAN 2007
Copyright © 1991 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 14, Issue 6, pages 421–430, 1991
How to Cite
Keller, M. L., Jadack, R. A. and Fern Mims, L. (1991), Perceived stressors and coping responses in persons with recurrent genital herpes. Res. Nurs. Health, 14: 421–430. doi: 10.1002/nur.4770140606
- Issue online: 19 JAN 2007
- Version of Record online: 19 JAN 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 MAR 1991
- Manuscript Received: 30 NOV 1990
- University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing and the National Center for Nursing Research. Grant Number: RO1 NR02253
This descriptive study was designed to examine the disease experience of persons who have genital herpes by identifying the nature and frequency of disease-related stressors and coping responses associated with these stressors. Participants were 34 women and 26 men who were on average 5.3 years postdiagnosis, and experienced a mean of 6.4 recurrences per year.
Respondents reported a wide range of disease-related stressors (M = 7). The category of stressors identified most often was related to disease consequences (73.9%), and included difficulty with intimate relationships, difficulty with relationships involving family and friends, fear of transmission through both sexual activity and casual contact, and concern about negative effects on health. Respondents tended to use active coping, planning, and acceptance more often than passive strategies such as denial. Implications for clinical assessment and intervention are discussed.