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ERIC Number: ED387754
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 23
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Life Quality Changes after HIV/AIDS Diagnosis: Positive Directions.
Soule, Christine J.; Appleton, Valerie
Diagnosis of HIV/AIDS promotes a fear of the unknown, of death, or annihilation of self, of being, and of identity. Individuals face this threat in unique and holistic ways. This experience of crisis reflects stages of shock, disorganization, reorganization and resolution. Crisis can become a turning point and result in a passage toward successful adjustment, however. This study of 14 persons diagnosed with HIV/AIDS 5 to 7 months previously, examines the emotional, physical and spiritual changes that resulted from the HIV/AIDS diagnosis in three areas: (1) relationships with the self, or self-care; (2) relationships with others; and (3) relationships with a Higher Power. The participants interviewed reported a period of self-destructive behavior lasting from 6 months to 2 years, followed by an improved physical, social, and spiritual life. Participants also reported an inclination toward becoming more fully functioning and more open to self-exploration. Education and psychological care--including mental health counseling and pastoral care--are essential to dealing with this overwhelming disease. Other recommendations include counseling approaches that better facilitate the transition from trauma toward resolution and generativity. Further studies of the psychosocial effects on persons diagnosed with HIV/AIDS are recommended. Contains 19 references. (KW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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