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ARRIVILLAGA, Marcela et al. Psychological variables in women diagnosed wiht HIV/AIDS: a correlational study. Univ. Psychol. [online]. 2006, vol.5, n.3, pp. 659-668. ISSN 1657-9267.

This paper presents the description and correlation of the psychosocial variables anxiety, depression, Perceived Health Control (PHC) and Perceived Control of Life Stress Events (PCLSE) in women diagnosed with HIV/Aids. The research was a non-experimental, descriptive and correlational study, with a transversal design. The sample was composed of 47 HIV/Aids diagnosed women attended at health services from Cali, Colombia. The measures consisted of the Socio-demographic, psychosocial and biomedical information interview for HIV/Aids diagnosed women (designed by the authors) and the Psychological variables assessment battery, adapted for HIV/Aids diagnosed women. The main results show that 23,4% of the sample presents clinical signs of anxiety, 10,63% of depression, 6,3% show low levels of PHC, and the 100% presented moderate levels of PCLSE. The anxiety and depression variables presented a positive correlation, as did PCLSE with anxiety and depression; depression with PHC and anxiety with PHC presented a negative correlation.

Keywords : Women; HIV/Aids; Anxiety; Depression; Perceived health control; Perceived control of life stress events.

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