A meta-analysis of disclosure of one's HIV-positive status, stigma and social support

Rachel Smith, Kelly Rossetto, Brittany L. Peterson

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Abstract

This study provides an analysis of the relationships among perceived stigma, reported disclosure and perceived social support for those living with HIV. The meta-analytic summary of 21 studies (4104 participants) showed, as predicted, a positive, heterogeneous correlation between disclosure and social support (ŕ=.159), a negative, heterogeneous correlation between stigma and social support (ŕ=-.344) and a negative, homogenous correlation between stigma and disclosure (ŕ=-.189). The heterogeneity of the first two relationships indicates the presence of moderators, which may include participants' age and publications' year.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1266-1275
Number of pages10
JournalAIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV
Volume20
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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