Date: April 19, 2012
Creator: Pierson, Mark & Vosvick, Mark A.
Description: This paper discusses research on whether anger expressions, coping strategies and interpersonal support dynamics relate to CD4 count in HIV-positive adults. Abstract: The expression of anger is associated with positive health outcomes (Iyer, Korin, Higginbotham & Davidson, 2010). Healthy immune function is salient for people living with HIV (PLH) and has been studied vigorously over the past few decades (Weeks & Alcamo, 2010). Suppression of anger has been known to lead to negative mental health outcomes for PLH (Daniel, Goldston, Erkanle, Franklin & Mayfield, 2009); therefore, finding alternative ways to express anger is critical for mental health professionals working with PLH. The aim of this investigation is to examine the relationships between expression of anger, active coping, social support and CD4 count, hypothesizing that expression of anger, active coping and social support contribute to the health of PLH, specifically via a physiological marker. The best predictor of immune function decline for this population is CD4 T-helper cell count (Kelly, 1992); as CD4 count decreases, disease symptoms increase. Social support, however, is related to decreased distress (Blaney, Goodkin, Feaster, Morgan, Millon, Szapocznik & Eisdorfer, 1997) and less self-reported HIV-related health symptoms over time (Ashton et al., 2005). Active coping is a ...
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