Unsupportive Social Interactions, Shame, and Psychological Well-Being in People With HIV
We hypothesized that unsupportive social interactions (USI) would be associated with poorer psychological wellbeing in people living with HIV (PLWH), and that this relationship would be explained by increased levels of shame. 106 PLWH completed an online questionnaire including measures of HIV-specific USI, shame, depression, negative affect, and perceived stress. Results suggest that insensitive interactions were related to higher levels of depression, negative affect, and perceived stress through higher levels of shame. Internalized feelings of shame may partially explain the relationship between insensitive interactions and psychological well-being.
McErlean, Amanda; Fekete, Erin M.; Williams, Stacey L.; Skinta, Matthew D.; Taylor, Nicole M.; and Bogusch, Leah M.. 2014. Unsupportive Social Interactions, Shame, and Psychological Well-Being in People With HIV. Poster Presentation. American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.. https://erinfekete.weebly.com/uploads/6/2/0/9/62092791/mcerlean-_apa_poster_handout_[compatibility_mode].pdf