Motivation, Management, and Mastery: A Theory of Resilience in the Context of HIV Infection

Joseph P. de Santis, Aubrey Florom-Smith, Amber Vermeesch, Susana Barroso, Diego A. DeLeon

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Clients with HIV infection have been conceptualized as a resilient population. Although a few researchers have documented resilience among clients with HIV infection, a theory of resilience in the context of HIV infection has not been developed. The purpose of this study was to describe the process by which resilience occurs for clients in the context of HIV infection. METHOD: Grounded theory methodology was used to sample and analyze data from 15 qualitative interviews with adults with HIV infection. Data were collected until saturation was reached. RESULTS: A theory, motivation, management, and mastery, a description of the process by which resilience occurs in the context of HIV infection, emerged from the data. CONCLUSION: Many clients living with HIV infection are resilient, despite the physical, psychological, and social challenges of this chronic illness. Nursing interventions to promote resilience among clients with HIV infection should be directed toward identification of client motivation factors and disease management strategies that may influence health outcomes of people living with HIV infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-46
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Keywords

  • AIDS
  • HIV infection
  • resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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