Hiv/Aids, Choice of Coping Strategies: Implications for Gender Role Differences
Ali Haruna, Habu Abdurahaman Ago

The study investigated the role of gender in the choice of coping strategies for HIV/AIDS. 60 clients made up of 30 males and 30 females drawn from Sani Abatcha Specialist Hospital Damaturu, served as participants. It was proposed that more male would use problem focused coping than their female counterparts, while more of the females would use emotion focused coping than the males. The results did not support the study question for the males problem coping (X2 (1, 60) = 3.48, p < 0.05), but it support the gender differences for the emotion focused coping for the females (X2 (1,60) = 7.5002, p < 0.05). The implication of this finding is that clinicians have to be dynamic and proactive in their attempts to help the HIV/AIDS patients develop healthy coping strategies.

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