The influence of social support on AIDS-related grief reaction among gay men.

@article{Lennon1990TheIO,
  title={The influence of social support on AIDS-related grief reaction among gay men.},
  author={Mary Clare Lennon and Jessica L Martin and Laura Dean},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={1990},
  volume={31 4},
  pages={477-84}
}
This paper examines the relationships between instrumental and emotional social support and the experience of grief reaction in a sample of 180 gay men who had lost a lover or close friend to AIDS during the first 5 years of the epidemic. Structured, face-to-face interviews were conducted in mid-1985. Grief reaction was assessed through a newly developed 12-item scale (alpha = 0.85). Availability and adequacy of instrumental and emotional support were assessed with reference to the tasks of… CONTINUE READING