Postbereavement depressive mood and its prebereavement predictors in HIV+ and HIV- gay men

Title

Postbereavement depressive mood and its prebereavement predictors in HIV+ and HIV- gay men

Creator

Folkman S; Chesney M; Collette L; Boccellari A; Cooke M

Publisher

Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology

Date

1996

Subject

Humans; Male; Adult; Follow-Up Studies; Middle Aged; Sick Role; Risk Factors; Personality Inventory; P.H.S.; Research Support; U.S. Gov't; Adaptation; Psychological; bereavement; Caregivers/psychology; Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/psychology; Depression/diagnosis/psychology; HIV Seropositivity/psychology; Homosexuality; Male/psychology; San Francisco

Description

Prebereavement predictors of the course of postbereavement depressive mood were examined in 110 gay men who were their partner's caregiver until the partner's death of AIDS. In all, 37 HIV+ and 73 HIV- bereaved caregiving partners were assessed bimonthly throughout a 10-month period beginning 3 months before and ending 7 months after the partner's death. Throughout the 10 months, mean Centers for Epidemiology Scale-Depression (CES-D) scores on depressive mood were above the cutoff for being at risk for major depression. CES-D scores decreased for 63% bereaved caregivers over the 7 postbereavement months, and 37% showed little change from high CES-D scores or increasing CES-D scores. High prebereavement CES-D scores and finding positive meaning in caregiving predicted diminishing depressive mood; HIV+ serostatus, longer relationships, hassles, and use of distancing and self-blame to cope predicted unrelieved depressive mood.
1996

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

336-348

Issue

2

Volume

70

Citation

Folkman S; Chesney M; Collette L; Boccellari A; Cooke M, “Postbereavement depressive mood and its prebereavement predictors in HIV+ and HIV- gay men,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed September 25, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/12167.

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