Hope and spiritual well-being: essentials for living with AIDS

Perspect Psychiatr Care. 1990;26(2):28-34. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.1990.tb00306.x.


Without a cure on the horizon there is a need to identify ways to sustain hope and spiritual well-being in patients with AIDS. This article examines the impact of AIDS on the emotional and spiritual health of its victims and summarizes current research findings on spiritual well-being in the ill. It also summarizes the authors' study on hope and existential and spiritual well-being in a group of 65 adult male patients who were either serum positive for the human immunodeficient virus or who had been diagnosed with AIDS Related Complex or AIDS.

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / psychology*
  • Adult
  • Existentialism*
  • Homosexuality
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Morale*
  • Motivation
  • Religion and Medicine*
  • Set, Psychology