Religion and HIV: a review of the literature and clinical implications
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Adaptation, Psychological; Anger; Female; Guilt; HIV Infections; Humans; *Religion and Medicine
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.
- 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.