Coping Strategies and Social Support
In HIV-Positive Gay Men:
The Relationship to Depression and Anxiety

Adam M. Volungis
Saint Anselm College
Manchester, NH


This study examined the relationship of coping strategies, social support, depression, and anxiety in 13 HIV-positive gay men.  The measures used were the UCLA Social Support Instrument adapted for HIV, Ways of Coping Questionnaire, and the SCL-90-R.  The findings of this study showed a significant positive correlation between depression and anxiety and a significant negative correlation between approach coping and depression.

Key Words:  Coping Strategies, Social Support, Depression, Anxiety, HIV-Positive (HIV+), Gay Men

Instruments:  UCLA Social Support Questionnaire adapted for HIV, Symptom Checklist 90-R (SCL-90-R),

                           Ways of Coping Questionnaire

Introduction Discussion
Methods References
Results Appendices



            I would first like to thank Dr. Robert Bessette, M.D., for allowing me the opportunity to work with his patients to collect the data that I needed.  If it was not for his cooperation in allowing me to work with this population this study would not have been possible.  Second, I want to thank Rita Wesolowski, R.N., who volunteered her support in administering the questionnaires when it was greatly needed.  Her time and effort  will never be forgotten because the thought of not having her help is something my mind cannot even comprehend. Just as important as Dr. Bessette, if it was not for her help this study may have never got off the ground.
             I also thank Dr. Joseph Troisi II, Ph.D., and Dr. Paul Finn, Ph.D., for their wisdom and support when it was needed to help smooth out a few bumps in the road along the way.
             Finally, but most importantly, I want to thank Dr. Laurie Geck, Ph.D., whose mentorship and guidance made the progress of this study an enjoyable experience.  She dedicated many hours of her time even when her time was very limited.  And she withstood my barrage of questions with patience and thoughtful answers.  Her mentorship will never be forgotten and I can only hope that someday I will be able to provide the same high quality of mentorship I received.

Related Links

AIDS Project Worcester

A non-profit organization for families, women, and men, committed to combating the epidemic of AIDS in Worcester County (Mass).

World AIDS Day

Since 1988 December 1st has been a day bringing messages of compassion, hope, solidarity and understanding about AIDS to every country in the world.

    Divisions of HIV/AIDS Prevention
A very informative site about HIV/AIDS including recent news, research, and many links.

An internet discussion list for GAY MEN WHO ARE HIV POSITIVE to share emotional support, medical information, and their everyday life experiences while living with HIV /AIDS.

Saint Anselm College Psychology Department Home Page


Take a look at EPA for 2001

This study along with many other studies by Saint Anselm College
Psychology majors will be presented in Washington D.C.
between April 19-22, 2001.



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