Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 197-204

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The Relation Between Emotional Dysregulation and Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms, Pain-Related Anxiety, and HIV-Symptom Distress Among Adults with HIV/AIDS

  • Charles P. BrandtAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Houston Email author 
  • , Adam GonzalezAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical SchoolDepartment of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stony Brook University
  • , Kristin W. GroverAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Vermont
  • , Michael J. ZvolenskyAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Houston

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The current study investigated the relations between emotional dysregulation and anxiety and depressive symptoms, pain-related anxiety, and HIV-symptom distress among individuals living with HIV/AIDS. This research is important in its explanatory value regarding the unique effects of emotional dysregulation as it relates to psychological and disease-specific distress given high rates of distress specific to HIV infection (e.g. medicatin side-effects, stigma). Participants included 164 adults (17.1 % female, Mage = 48.40, SD = 9.57) with HIV/AIDS. Results indicated that emotional dysregulation was significantly and positively related to anxiety and depressive symptoms, pain-related anxiety, and HIV-symptom distress. All emotional dyregulation effects were evidenced above and beyond the variance accounted for by demographic and HIV-specific characteristics, and the main effects of anxiety sensitivity and distress intolerance. Findings are discussed in terms of the importance of emotional dysregulation in negative affective experiences within the HIV/AIDS population.


HIV/AIDS Depression ANXIETY Emotion dysregulation Pain anxiety Symptom distress Anxiety sensitivity