The authors thank two anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on an earlier draft of this paper.
Living With HIV/AIDS: A Psychosocial Perspective on Coping With Prejudice and Discrimination1
Article first published online: 21 MAR 2011
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 41, Issue 3, pages 609–626, March 2011
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Molero, F., Fuster, M. J., Jetten, J. and Moriano, J. A. (2011), Living With HIV/AIDS: A Psychosocial Perspective on Coping With Prejudice and Discrimination. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41: 609–626. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2011.00729.x
- Issue published online: 21 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 21 MAR 2011
We examined 2 strategies used by people with HIV (N = 68) to cope with the effects of prejudice and discrimination: hiding of stigma and in-group identification. In support of the first proposed path, we found that group-based discrimination enhanced hiding of stigma. This reduces the perception of personal discrimination; and this, in turn, is positively related to well-being. We also found evidence for a second, more collective path by which those who are HIV-positive protect their well-being. Perceived group-based discrimination was positively associated with in-group identification, which, in turn, was positively related to collective action intentions and well-being. The discussion focuses on how well-being can be protected through both individual- and group-level processes.