ERIC Number: ED370030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Providing Psychoeducational Support for Children Affected by AIDS.
This practicum evaluated a psychoeducational group format developed to support children living in families affected by HIV and AIDS. The major goals were to help children cope with stressful events, with chronic strain, and with role transitions. There were five objectives for the children: (1) decrease feelings of isolation, confusion, anger and fear; (2) increase feelings of belonging, competency, and self-esteem; (3) decrease maladaptive behaviors in school; (4) improve academic performance; and (5) increase awareness of resources for support. The children's support group met for ten weeks in one hour weekly sessions. In post-group questionnaires, children exhibited decreased feelings of isolation and confusion, increased awareness of resources for support and guidance, and increased feelings of belonging and competency. Students also reported continuance in their maladaptive behaviors in school and in their poor academic performance. The group format seemed most effective using an open and unstructured agenda which encouraged open-ended questions and discussion. The sharing of worries, fear, and confusions within a safe, nurturing environment appeared to foster feelings of trust and group cohesion. Four appendices list examples of questionnaires along with a summary of data. (Contains 33 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.