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dc.contributor.authorHumble, Michael Nathan
dc.description.abstractMedications developed in the mid-1990s have changed HIV/AIDS from a disease which was primarily viewed as terminal to one which is considered by many to be chronic. The disease has also shifted its demographics from an illness that began in the gay white male community to one that is now heavily affecting heterosexual women of color. Although much has been written by social workers since the introduction of the virus in 1981, there has not been an investigation describing what has been done in the field or potential gaps in practice. Using content analysis, this study explored publications in four social work journals between 1987 and 2006. This twenty-year period permitted an examination of the quantity of literature published before and after the introduction of the life-saving drugs known as Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapies (HAART). The results of this study indicate that there have been less overall publications regarding HIV/AIDS in general social work journals versus health-related social work journals. Further, most published literature in social work journals has focused on domestic HIV/AIDS issues while ignoring the global pandemic. Lastly, this study demonstrates a need for social workers to focus on hidden populations, such as people of color and adolescents, being hardest hit by the virus.
dc.subjectcontent analysis
dc.subjectsocial work journals
dc.titleEvolution of a virus
dc.title.alternativeframing HIV/AIDS in social work research
dc.description.departmentSocial Work
dc.description.majorSocial Work
dc.description.advisorBrian Bride
dc.description.committeeBrian Bride
dc.description.committeePatricia Reeves
dc.description.committeeStacey Kolomer

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