Experiences of PLHA and Close Family Members of a Communit-Based HIV Stigma Reduction and Wellness Enhancement Intervention

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/243530
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Experiences of PLHA and Close Family Members of a Communit-Based HIV Stigma Reduction and Wellness Enhancement Intervention
Author(s):
Pretorius, Bea
Author Details:
Pretorius, Bea, BSocSci (Hons), BSocSci, bea.pretorius@nwu.ac.za;
Abstract:
Purpose:

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a comprehensive community-based HIV stigma reduction intervention on PLHA and a close family member.

Methods:  

A case study method, as well as a qualitative interpretive descriptive approach was used to explore and describe PLHA and close family member’s experiences during and after a Comprehensive Community-based HIV Stigma Reduction and Wellness Enhancement Intervention. The study was conducted in both an urban and a rural setting. Purposive sampling was used for the PLHA and snow ball sampling for the close family members. The case record consisted of a demographic survey, a detail description of the intervention, naïve sketches of the participants, field notes and a detailed description and evaluation of the project. In-depth interviews were used to explore the experiences. The data was analysed using open coding and case study documentation.

Results:

The PLHA and close family members that attended the workshops gained a richer understanding of HIV stigma and how to cope with it. PLC became aware of how they are being stigmatized but were also saddened by their understanding of how they stigmatize PLHA. Meaningful contact was increased between PLHA and PLC.  The self-image of PLHA improved, they felt a new purpose and meaning in life and experienced a feeling of freedom. Both groups gained skills to develop and implement a community-based HIV stigma reduction project and were empowered to be leaders in HIV stigma reduction.  Differences were observed in urban and rural settings.

Conclusion:

Bringing PLHA and close family members together during an intervention has improved their respect and understanding of one another with resulting improved relationships. The positions of the two groups were equalized and they gained a similar understanding of HIV stigma. Together they had a better change of silencing the voice of HIV stigma.

Keywords:
Community-based; Close family member; HIV stigma
Repository Posting Date:
12-Sep-2012
Date of Publication:
12-Sep-2012
Conference Date:
2012
Conference Name:
23rd International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Brisbane, Australia

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleExperiences of PLHA and Close Family Members of a Communit-Based HIV Stigma Reduction and Wellness Enhancement Interventionen_GB
dc.contributor.authorPretorius, Beaen_GB
dc.author.detailsPretorius, Bea, BSocSci (Hons), BSocSci, bea.pretorius@nwu.ac.za;en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/243530-
dc.description.abstract<b>Purpose: </b> <p>The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a comprehensive community-based HIV stigma reduction intervention on PLHA and a close family member. <p><b>Methods: </b> &nbsp; <p>A case study method, as well as a qualitative interpretive descriptive approach was used to explore and describe PLHA and close family member&rsquo;s experiences during and after a Comprehensive Community-based HIV Stigma Reduction and Wellness Enhancement Intervention. The study was conducted in both an urban and a rural setting. Purposive sampling was used for the PLHA and snow ball sampling for the close family members. The case record consisted of a demographic survey, a detail description of the intervention, na&iuml;ve sketches of the participants, field notes and a detailed description and evaluation of the project. In-depth interviews were used to explore the experiences. The data was analysed using open coding and case study documentation. <p><b>Results: </b> <p>The PLHA and close family members that attended the workshops gained a richer understanding of HIV stigma and how to cope with it. PLC became aware of how they are being stigmatized but were also saddened by their understanding of how they stigmatize PLHA. Meaningful contact was increased between PLHA and PLC. &nbsp;The self-image of PLHA improved, they felt a new purpose and meaning in life and experienced a feeling of freedom. Both groups gained skills to develop and implement a community-based HIV stigma reduction project and were empowered to be leaders in HIV stigma reduction. &nbsp;Differences were observed in urban and rural settings. <p><b>Conclusion: </b> <p>Bringing PLHA and close family members together during an intervention has improved their respect and understanding of one another with resulting improved relationships. The positions of the two groups were equalized and they gained a similar understanding of HIV stigma. Together they had a better change of silencing the voice of HIV stigma.en_GB
dc.subjectCommunity-baseden_GB
dc.subjectClose family memberen_GB
dc.subjectHIV stigmaen_GB
dc.date.available2012-09-12T09:23:34Z-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12-
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-12T09:23:34Z-
dc.conference.date2012en_GB
dc.conference.name23rd International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationBrisbane, Australiaen_GB
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