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The relationship of self transcendence, social interest, and spirituality to well-being in HIV/AIDS adults
by Sperry, Jonathan J., Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2011, 120; 3480607
Abstract (Summary)

This study investigates the relationship of three protective factors: self transcendence, social interest, and spirituality to well-being among adults living with HIV or AIDS. It is the first study to explore the relationships of these protective factors to well-being. A convenience sample of 115 adults living with HIV or AIDS completed the Self-Transcendence Scale, the Social Interest Index- Short Form-Revised, the Spiritual Perspective Scale, and the Index of Well-Being. The participants were adults diagnosed with HIV or AIDS residing in a large southeastern U.S. city. Data were analyzed with correlational and multiple regression methods. Statistically significant positive moderate to strong relationships were found between well-being and self transcendence (r=.66, p<.001), social interest ( r=.51, p<.001), and spirituality (r=.39, p<.001). A stepwise regression demonstrated that self transcendence held the highest variance on well-being among the three protective factors (43%). Additionally, Self transcendence and social interest accounted for 45% of the variance in well-being. In short, the hypothesized positive relationship among these protective factors with well-being was supported. This study provides theoretical and empirical support for linking self transcendence, social interest, and spirituality to well-being among adults living with HIV or AIDS. The clinical implications of these findings are also discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Peluso, Paul
School: Florida Atlantic University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-B 73/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Social psychology, Clinical psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: HIV/AIDS adults, Self transcendence, Social interest, Spirituality
Publication Number: 3480607
ISBN: 978-1-124-95269-7
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