College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Articles

Title

Resilience Processes Demonstrated by Young Gay and Bisexual Men Living with HIV: Implications for Intervention

ISBN or ISSN

1087-2914

Publication Title

AIDS Patient Care and STDs

Volume

28

Issue

12

Publication Date / Copyright Date

1-1-2014

First Page

666

Last Page

676

DOI Number

10.1089/apc.2013.0330

Abstract

Abstract Given the increasing numbers of young gay/bisexual men (YGBM) diagnosed with HIV, it is important to understand the resilience processes enacted by this population in order to develop interventions that support their healthy development. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 54 YGBM (ages 17 to 24; 57% African American, 22% Latino) living with HIV from four geographically diverse clinics in the United States. Resilience processes clustered into four primary thematic areas: (1) engaging in health-promoting cognitive processes; (2) enacting healthy behavioral practices; (3) enlisting social support from others; and (4) empowering other young gay/bisexual men. These data suggest that YGBM living with HIV demonstrate resilience across multiple dimensions, including intrapersonal-level resilience related to individual cognitions and behaviors, as well as interpersonal-level resilience related to seeking support and providing support to others. Implications for the development of culturally-appropriate and strengths-based secondary prevention and other psychosocial interventions for YGBM living with HIV are discussed.

Disciplines

Medical Specialties | Medicine and Health Sciences | Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathy

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