Shifts in meaning, purpose, and values following a diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus (Hiv) infection among gay men

Susan Schaefer, Eli Coleman

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Abstract

Twenty gay men who were HTV infected were interviewed and a qualitative methodology was utilized to understand how they found meaning, purpose and value in their lives as they confronted a life-threatening illness. The authors examined six areas of potential meaning derived deductively from thanatology literature and inductively from piloting procedures; (1) relationships (intimacy with others); (2) self-discoveiy; (3) spiritual fulfillment; (4) acquiring knowledge; (5) aesthetic appreciation/involvement; and (6) contributing to others or society. Nearly all of the participants (85%) reported that their overall sense of meaning, purpose and value had.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-29
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Psychology and Human Sexuality
Volume5
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1992

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