Title

Religion and HIV: a review of the literature and clinical implications

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry

Date

12-2004

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Adaptation, Psychological; Anger; Female; Guilt; HIV Infections; Humans; *Religion and Medicine

Disciplines

Psychiatry

Abstract

Summary: In this paper, we review the literature on religious coping among individuals with HIV and outline a clinical intervention that incorporates religious issues relevant to this population.

Key points:

  • Empirical studies suggest that religion and spirituality can be both resources for people with HIV and sources of pain and struggle.
  • Practitioners have begun to develop spiritually integrated interventions for this population.
  • “Lighting the Way: A Spiritual Journey to Wholeness” is an 8-session, nondenominational, group program that was designed to help women draw on their spiritual resources and address their spiritual struggles in coping with HIV.

Comments

Citation: South Med J. 2004 Dec;97(12):1201-9. DOI 10.1097/01.SMJ.0000146508.14898.E2

At the time of publication, Amy B. Wachholtz was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

15646758