Title page for ETD etd-07242012-040106

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Shands, Nancy
URN etd-07242012-040106
Title The lonely voyage :support or isolation for gay men with AIDS?
Degree Master of Science
Department Family and Child Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Little, Linda F. Committee Chair
Scheirer, C. James Committee Member
Stith, Sandra M. Committee Member
  • AIDS (Disease)
Date of Defense 1987-10-05
Availability restricted
Twenty—five gay men, 20 with Acquired Immune Deficiency

Syndrome (AIDS) and 5 with either AIDS Related Complex (ARC)

or who tested positive for the AIDS virus, were asked in

semi—structured interviews whether they felt supported or

isolated. Areas covered included society in general,

employment, housing, health care, insurance, religion,

families of origin, ex-wives, children, friends and lovers.

Subjects indicated that fear of AIDS, homophobia, and death

anxiety were all present in certain circumstances, but there

was no attempt to differentiate between these three possible

causes of social isolation in this exploratory study.

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