Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Mary Horan

Second Advisor

Patricia Underwood

Third Advisor

Donald Paszek


The purpose of this study was to answer the following question: Will individuals with HIV/AIDS have the same or decreased levels of anxiety and hopelessness after participating in a support group? A one-group pretest-posttest design was used. A convenience sample consisted of 40 persons with HIV/AIDS attending a large support group which met on a weekly basis. Spielberger's State Anxiety Inventory (SAI) and Beck's Hopelessness Scale (HS) were administered to the participants. Six weeks later, the HS and SAI were repeated. A Social Support Inventory was also given to assess the subject's perceived satisfaction with the support group. Based on House's stress paradigm, it was hypothesized that levels of anxiety and hopelessness would not increase after participating in the support group. Fifty percent of the subjects were satisfied to totally satisfied with the support from the group. Anxiety levels remained stable while hopelessness scores decreased (paired {dollar}t=2.13,{dollar} {dollar}\rm p=.04).{dollar}


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