Reactions of mental health professionals to the death of clients from acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) [electronic resource] /

by Kachik, Joseph Robert

Abstract (Summary)
Reactions of Mental Health Professionals To the Death of Clients From Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Joseph Robert Kachik Jr. This study examined the reactions of mental health professionals to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)-related bereavement. Ninety-six mental health professionals from across the United States (e.g., counselors, social workers, and psychologists) completed questionnaires concerning the loss of a client to AIDS. Measures included the Texas Revised Inventory of Grief, Impact of Event Scale- Revised, Brief Symptom Inventory, and Satisfaction with Life Scale. There were no significant relations between client deaths (number and recency) and indices of grief, trauma, psychological distress, or satisfaction with life. Symptoms of distress did not increase with number of deaths or in relation to recency of a client’s death. Subsequent analyses revealed a significant relation between an avoidant response and many client deaths (11 to 500 deaths), and between recency of a client’s death (greater than four months) and a reported greater satisfaction with life. Participants reporting a traumatic stress response (high IES-R scores) showed significantly higher grief (past and present) scores and GSI score on the BSI. An “HIV/AIDS traumaticgrief syndrome” was posited for some mental health professionals who lose clients to
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School:West Virginia University

School Location:USA - West Virginia

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:aids disease mental health personnel and patient death bereavement


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