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Perceived Family Member Reaction to Women's Disclosure of HIV-Positive Information
Julianne M. Serovich, Judy A. Kimberly and Kathryn Greene
Vol. 47, No. 1 (Jan., 1998), pp. 15-22
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/584846
Page Count: 8
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Disclosing one's HIV status to family members is a difficult process, particularly if the anticipated reaction of the recipient is negative. The purpose of this study was to expand the understanding of reactions experienced by women who disclosed their HIV-positive status to family members. One hundred and seventy-three reactions were extracted from 97 disclosive episodes during ethnographic interviews with 13 adult HIV-positive women. Using constant comparison methods, reactions were placed in 31 typologies and 6 categories. Each of these categories are described and implications for therapists and future researchers are discussed.
Family Relations © 1998 National Council on Family Relations