ERIC Number: ED476041
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
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The Incorporation of HIV/AIDS Into Identity Over Time: Transformational Tales Continued.
Baumgartner, Lisa M.
The incorporation of human immune deficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) into identity over time was examined by collecting data from the same 11 HIV-positive individuals at 3 points in time (in 1995, early 1998, and late 1999). By the time of their semi-structured interviews in late 1999, the seven men and four women interviewed had been HIV-positive for between 7 and 16 years. An analysis of the nature of the learning reported by the study participants revealed the existence of a six-point incorporation process that included the following stages: (1) diagnosis (the beginning of incorporation of HIV/AIDS into identity and often included shock, fear, denial, and relief); (2) a post-diagnosis turning point (that was often referred to as a "catalytic experience" and involved social interaction; (3) immersion (during which participants actively participated in the HIV/AIDS community); (4) a post-immersion turning point (which caused a reevaluation of priorities); (5) integration (a stage that was marked by HIV/AIDS identity decentralization; and (6) a disclosure process (a process that progressed from disclosure to significant others only to public disclosures followed by situational disclosures on a need-to-know basis). This process of incorporation was transformational and also included increased appreciation for the human condition and an expanded view of intimacy. (Contains 12 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Attitude Change, Change Agents, Coping, Emotional Adjustment, Individual Development, Interviews, Intimacy, Learning Experience, Learning Processes, Learning Theories, Life Events, Longitudinal Studies, Personal Narratives, Self Concept, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Transformative Learning
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