The research reported in this article was funded by a grant from the National Health Research and Development Program of Health and Welfare Canada (#6610–1935-AIDS) to the author. The author thanks Dale Griffin for his invaluable advice and assistance regarding data analysis for the project, Geoffrey Reed, for conversations and written communications that aided in the interpretation of results, and an anonymous reviewer who provided helpful comments on an earlier draft. Special thanks are owed to the men who shared their lives and experiences to provide the data for this study, and to their friends, partners, and family members, who also did so.
Social Support Provision to HIV-Infected Gay Men1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 24, Issue 20, pages 1848–1869, October 1994
How to Cite
Collins, R. L. (1994), Social Support Provision to HIV-Infected Gay Men. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 24: 1848–1869. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1994.tb01579.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
The study examined associations between attitudes toward homosexuality, fear of AIDS, blame of persons infected with the HIV-virus, and social support provision to these individuals. A sample of HIV-infected gay men reported on the support they receive from specific members of their social networks. These network members then completed questionnaires assessing the predictor variables. Homophobia, homosexual preference, and the interaction of these two variables were positively associated with blame. Blame, together with fear of AIDS and low levels of psychological well-being, were negatively associated with provision of emotional support. Fear of AIDS was also related to negative changes in the quality of recipients' and providers' relationships. Finally, emotional support was strongly related to adjustment to illness among support recipients. Results suggest important points for intervention to promote adjustment to HIV infection among gay men.