A positive affect intervention for people experiencing health-related stress: Development and non-randomized pilot test

Judith Tedlie Moskowitz*, Jen R. Hult, Larissa G. Duncan, Michael A. Cohn, Stephanie Maurer, Cori Bussolari, Michael Acree

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Abstract

In this article we present background, theoretical rationale, and pilot data on the development of an intervention designed to increase positive affect in people living with serious health-related stress. This proof-of-concept study demonstrated that a multiple-component positive affect intervention is feasible and acceptable for people newly diagnosed with HIV. Retention in the intervention and adherence to home practice were high. Participants reported significant increases in positive affect and significant decreases in negative affect. This positive affect intervention can serve as a template for programs to be developed to help people experiencing health-related and other types of life stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)676-692
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume17
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012

Keywords

  • HIV
  • chronic illness
  • feasibility
  • intervention
  • positive affect
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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