The Existential Context

  • Lena Nilsson Schönnesson
  • Michael W. Ross
Part of the AIDS Prevention and Mental Health book series (APMH)


When we are confronted with a boundary situation1 that threatens our physical and psychological survival such as HIV disease, we often become aware of the givens of existence and their importance to us. The ultimate concerns or givens of existence are meaning, death, freedom, and isolation.2


Assisted Suicide Death Anxiety Death Fear Existential Anxiety Existential Concern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lena Nilsson Schönnesson
    • 1
  • Michael W. Ross
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social WorkUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.WHO Center for Health Promotion Research and Development School of Public HealthUniversity of Texas, Houston Health Science CenterHoustonUSA

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