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Group Composition and Its Impact on Effective Group Treatment of HIV and AIDS Patients
Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
  • Margaret J Siebert
  • William I Dorfman, Nova Southeastern University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
12-1-1995
Keywords
  • Groups,
  • Support,
  • HIV
Disciplines
Peer Reviewed
1
Abstract
This paper reviews the literature on group therapy in the treatment of people with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and people with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Specifically, it examines the effect of group composition on the curative factors of group therapy. The variables of group composition explored are stage of illness, risk group for contracting HIV, and gender. This paper suggests that support groups that are homogeneous for stage of illness, risk behaviors, and gender provide members with the greatest benefits through facilitating the curative factors of group therapy: instillation of hope, universality, and group cohesion.
DOI
10.1007/BF02578434
Citation Information
Margaret J Siebert and William I Dorfman. "Group Composition and Its Impact on Effective Group Treatment of HIV and AIDS Patients" Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities Vol. 7 Iss. 4 (1995) p. 317 - 334 ISSN: 1056-263X
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/william-dorfman/42/