Common Dyadic Coping Mediates the Associations Between We-Disease Appraisal and Relationship Satisfaction and Quality of Life in HIV Serodiscordant Couples : The Common Fate Mediation Model

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)978–987
Journal / PublicationAnnals of Behavioral Medicine
Volume57
Issue number11
Online published12 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023

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Abstract

Background Since HIV has evolved into a lifelong but manageable condition, improving the quality of life (QoL) of persons living with HIV (PLWHs) has become increasingly important. Living with HIV is life-altering and poses substantial challenges for both PLWHs and their partners, so identifying how HIV serodiscordant couples cope with HIV together is crucial. Here, Bodenmann's Systemic Transaction Model highlights common dyadic coping (CDC), which refers to both partners working together to alleviate the negative effects of stress.

Purpose We examined the mediating role of CDC in linking we-disease appraisal with relationship satisfaction and QoL.

Methods We recruited a convenience sample of 231 HIV serodiscordant couples via local grassroots organizations between June and October 2022. Participants completed measures of we-disease appraisal, CDC, relationship satisfaction, and QoL. We examined the mediation effect of CDC on the association between we-disease appraisal and outcomes using the common fate mediation model.

Results The mean age of PLWHs was 32.18 years (standard deviation = 8.61 years), and that of their partners was 32.55 years (standard deviation = 9.24 years). The average time since HIV diagnosis was 4.18 years. Most couples were same-sex male couples. We found that CDC mediated the effect of we-disease appraisal on relationship satisfaction. Moreover, CDC significantly mediated the effect of we-disease appraisal on the QoL of PLWHs and their partners.

Conclusions Our findings highlight the importance of CDC in dyadic illness management among Chinese HIV serodiscordant couples.

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Research Area(s)

  • China, Common dyadic coping, Common fate mediation model, Quality of life, Relationship satisfaction, We-disease appraisal

Citation Format(s)

Common Dyadic Coping Mediates the Associations Between We-Disease Appraisal and Relationship Satisfaction and Quality of Life in HIV Serodiscordant Couples: The Common Fate Mediation Model. / Hou, Jianhua; Fu, Rong; Jiang, Taiyi et al.
In: Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Vol. 57, No. 11, 11.2023, p. 978–987.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review