HPV infection as an occasion for personal and relational growth

Kami A. Kosenko, Jacquelyn Harvey-Knowles, Elizabeth Craig

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Background: Post-traumatic growth, defined as the human capacity for positive growth in the face of negative life events such as disaster and disease, is associated with an array of positive psychological outcomes. Although HPV is increasingly prevalent and the diagnosis is described as traumatic, little is known about the potential for post-traumatic growth in the context of HPV infection and diagnosis. Methods: Twenty-five women with HPV participated in interviews and described benefits associated with HPV infection and diagnosis. Results: Five aspects of the HPV experience— serving as a witness, finding a worthy partner, forming/sustaining valued relationships, increasing self-confidence, and developing consciousness of one’s body and physical health—were characterized as beneficial. Conclusion: Implications of these findings for research and practice are discussed, and future directions are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-206
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Communication in Healthcare
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Coping behaviors
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Qualitative research


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