The relationship between health and human services and the personal goal-directed activities of persons living with AIDS

Kimberly A. DuMont, Bruce D. Rapkin, Meredith Y. Smith, Arlene Correa, Sara Palmer, Scott Cohen

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Abstract

This study evaluates the relationship between the social climate from different services and the personal goal-directed activities of 224 individuals with AIDS. The study's results supported the main hypothesis that "recipient" and "participatory" service involvement uniquely influence personal goal-directed activities, even after considering individuals with AIDS' physical symptoms, psychological distress, income, and recruitment site. Income and involvement with participatory services were both positively related to the amount of personal goal-directed activity. Longitudinal analyses suggest that personal initiative contributes to the subsequent amount of personal goal-directed activities a person pursues. These results suggest further examination of factors contributing to the selection of different service types and of the processes underlying the relationship between participatory services and positive outcomes for clients with AIDS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-73
Number of pages19
JournalAmerican Journal of Community Psychology
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • AIDS
  • Goal activities
  • Health services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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