Where Does the Motivation for the Antiretroviral Therapy Come From? Assessing Existential Meaning, Personal Growth, and Motivation Toward Antiretroviral Therapy in People Affected by HIV/AIDS

  • Krzysztof Szadejko
  • Gabriele Covotta


The present study examines the relations between personal growth, perception of meaningful life, and motivation toward antiretroviral (ARV) therapy in 117 patients affected by HIV/AIDS. The subjects were recruited from antiretroviral treatment programs offered at 23 care houses “Case Alloggio,” in 13 regions of Italy. Overall, the results reveal that internalized motivation toward ARV therapy is explained by personal positive changes (i.e., 42% of the patients who reported a positive impact on their life from having the illness, also reported higher perception of meaningful life, personal growth, and subjective well-being [SWB]). The current findings highlight the importance of making meaning, personal growth, and motivation in antiretroviral therapy treatment.


Personal Growth Autonomy Support Extrinsic Motivation Satisfaction With Life Scale Posttraumatic Growth 
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  1. 1.Institute for Advanced Study “Donald J. Ottenberg”ModenaItaly

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