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The Case for Connection: Spirituality and Social Support for Women Living with HIV/AIDS

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For many people coping with a serious health problem or illness, spirituality can be a vital resource. Despite a growing body of research connecting spirituality and health outcomes, there is little explanation for this connection. Exploring connections among spirituality, communication, and social support is important for explaining how, why, and for whom spirituality may be helpful. One particularly rich context for examining connections between social support and spirituality is that of women living with HIV and AIDS. Through an analysis of two data sets focused on the support experiences of women coping with HIV, a case is made that the intersections between social support and spirituality provide useful theoretical explanations for health outcomes.
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Keywords: Coping; HIV/AIDS; Social Support; Spirituality

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-11-01

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