Master of Science (MS)
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The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between hopelessness and spiritual well-being in a population of persons diagnosed to be Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) positive. Demographic variables were examined to determine their potential relationship to hopelessness and spiritual well-being. The Neuman Systems Model was used as the conceptual framework for the research. The sample was similar in gender to the national population of persons diagnosed with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). A sample of 67 was obtained from a community multi-service agency which provides services for HIV positive clients. Significant negative correlations were found between levels of hopelessness and spiritual well-being. Both the religious and existential well-being subscales of the spiritual well-being scale were found to have significant negative correlations with hopelessness, however existential well-being had a higher level of significance. Age, religious affiliation, having a marriage or significant relationship that is generally positive, and education were found to have significant correlations with one or all of the variables of hopelessness, spiritual well-being, existential well-being, and religious well-being.
Being; Deficiency; HIV; Hopelessness; Immune; Immune Deficiency; Infection; Persons; Spiritual; Well
Nursing; Public health; Religion
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Gulliver, Kevin Mark, "Hopelessness and spiritual well-being in persons with Hiv infection" (1996). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3274.