HIV Adaptation Processes

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


In Chapter 7 we discussed the existential context as being one of the components of the psychological landscape of HIV. The second component of the individual psychological landscape is HIV adaptation processes. In this chapter, we first address the concept of adaptation processes followed by three clinical vignettes to illustrate different adaptation processes of the HIV scenario.


Adaptation Process Psychological Issue Clinical Vignette Death Anxiety Disease Phase 
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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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