Clients' perspectives of the relationship of vulnerability and resilience in the context of HIV infection

Joseph P. De Santis, Diego A. Deleon

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Clients with HIV infection have been described as both vulnerable and resilient. In addition, the conceptualization of clients with HIV infection has evolved. The purpose of this study is to examine this relationship among a sample of people with HIV infection. Qualitative description was the design used in this study. Interviews of 15 participants with HIV infection were conducted and analyzed using content analysis. All participants provided descriptions of the relationship of vulnerability and resilience in the context of HIV infection. Three different themes emerged from the data: Simultaneity, Dichotomy, and Vacillation. These themes were used to describe the relationship of vulnerability and resilience from the participants' perspectives. Among people with HIV infection vulnerability and resilience are related concepts. In the context of HIV infection, the relationship of these concepts needs further study in order to relate these concepts to the physical and mental health of people living with HIV infection, which may then assist in making these concepts less abstract and more clinically useful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)300-308
Number of pages9
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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