Altruism and Health in HIV

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Abstract

This chapter presents research on altruism and health in the context of people living with AIDS. It begins with a review of the literature on AIDS patients who volunteer to help others with the illness. This literature indicates that, as a result of such helping, the volunteers develop a positive sense of self, increase safer sex behaviours, and feel at greater peace with regard to their own future deaths. It then turns to the chapter's own research on a group of seventy-nine long-term survivors of AIDS (people who have survived twice as long as expected), who were compared with a group who had AIDS with a normal course of the illness. The long survivors were significantly more likely to have engaged in AIDS volunteerism and had significantly less depression, anxiety, and perceived stress. In a subsequent study on the psychological predictors of slower disease progression, the chapter again notes that volunteering, giving to charities, and expressing caring for others are related to better prognosis in AIDS and to less emotional distress.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAltruism and Health: Perspectives from Empirical Research
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199786794, 9780195182910
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007

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Altruism
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
HIV
Health
Volunteers
HIV Long-Term Survivors
Safe Sex
Charities
Research
Sexual Behavior
Survivors
Disease Progression
Anxiety
Depression
Psychology

Keywords

  • AIDS patients
  • Altruistic behaviour
  • Health
  • Volunteering
  • Volunteerism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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Ironson, G. (2007). Altruism and Health in HIV. In Altruism and Health: Perspectives from Empirical Research Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182910.003.0007

Altruism and Health in HIV. / Ironson, Gail.

Altruism and Health: Perspectives from Empirical Research. Oxford University Press, 2007.

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Ironson, G 2007, Altruism and Health in HIV. in Altruism and Health: Perspectives from Empirical Research. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182910.003.0007
Ironson G. Altruism and Health in HIV. In Altruism and Health: Perspectives from Empirical Research. Oxford University Press. 2007 https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182910.003.0007
Ironson, Gail. / Altruism and Health in HIV. Altruism and Health: Perspectives from Empirical Research. Oxford University Press, 2007.
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