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作者 Weidenbaum, Allan
書名 Reversing the script: Six African American women living with HIV/AIDS who are winning a losing battle
國際標準書號 9780542020001
book jacket
說明 211 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 66-03, Section: B, page: 1403
Director: Joanne Griffin
Thesis (Ph.D.)--New York University, 2005
This qualitative study explored the experiences of six African American women living with HIV/AIDS. The participants' ages ranged from 41 to 54, and were recruited from a transitional homeless shelter. The women attended twelve hour-long support group sessions and also participated in three audio-taped private interviews. Field logs based on the support group observations and interview transcripts provided the sources for thematic analysis of data
The findings correlated to three major life-intervals for the women. The first interval, "The Early Years: Playing Cinderella," represents the participants' experiences from their earliest recollection until they left home. Their exposure to substance use, violence, and prejudice led to the theme "I used drugs, alcohol and other solutions to still my pain and loss."
The second life-interval "he Middle Years: On the Edge," signified the women's venture into the streets in search of independence, and money for drug use. Their vulnerability, homelessness, and eventual infection with HIV/AIDS are portrayed in the theme: "It wasn't only the infection that hurt me, it was also the loss, the abandonment, and the loneliness in my life."
In the final life-interval "The Years of Moving Forward: Growing Pains, Facing Losses and Rebuilding," the participants secured safe living quarters and succeeded in rehabilitation efforts. Helping others, finding strength in a higher power, and transcending the hardship of HIV/AIDS is captured by the theme: "Spirituality and HIV were my catalysts for change." During this period the women attempted to repair relationships, gain support from others and draw upon inner resources, leading to the theme: "When I reverse the script, losing makes me a winner."
Two metathemes were identified that have broader social implications. The first, "Girls surrounded by poverty, crime, and drugs can develop into a vulnerable population of women," suggests that early traumatic environments provide the contexts for future misfortunes. The second metatheme, "Chronic conditions can inspire people in marginalized populations to develop strengths and resources that permit them to exceed the expectations of society," suggests looking beyond illness and challenges to the entire human experience as a dynamic process of growth and development
School code: 0146
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 66-03B
主題 Health Sciences, Nursing
Black Studies
Women's Studies
Health Sciences, Public Health
Alt Author New York University
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