A relationship-oriented model of HIV-related stigma derived from a review of the HIV-affected couples literature

Amelia E. Talley, B. Ann Bettencourt

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Abstract

Previous research has focused on the influence of HIV-related stigma for the psychological adjustment and physical health of persons with HIV/AIDS. Few studies, however, have examined the impact of HIV-related stigma on close relationships where one or both couple members have HIV/AIDS. The current review will integrate previous research findings to substantiate a relationship-oriented theoretical model of HIV-related stigma that delineates interpersonal variables important for understanding the influence of types of HIV-related stigma on couple-level as well as relevant individual-level outcomes. In doing so, supportive evidence is presented from the extant quantitative and qualitative literature that has assessed or examined HIV-affected couple members' experiences with HIVrelated stigma. Implications from this review are presented for researchers who examine issues related to HIV-related stigma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-86
Number of pages15
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2010

Keywords

  • Couples
  • HIV
  • Psychological adjustment
  • Relationship functioning
  • Stigma

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