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Losing a partner to AIDS: bereavement in gay men

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dc.contributor.author Dustan, Leigh
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-04T21:58:10Z
dc.date.available 2009-05-04T21:58:10Z
dc.date.copyright 1998 en
dc.date.issued 2009-05-04T21:58:10Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2429/7838
dc.description.abstract The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), that which causes AIDS, is most prevalent within the homosexual community, and in particular among gay men. Given that the final outcome of AIDS is death, it can be assumed that grieving an AIDS-related loss is not uncommon among gay men. It is surprising then, that AIDS-related bereavement has received such scant attention in the existing body of literature, with an even greater dearth in research specifically concerned with partner bereavement in gay men. This study provides a qualitative exploration into the bereavement experiences of gay men who lost their partners to AIDS thirteen months to two years ago. Three gay men residing in the Vancouver area participated in this study. Using a retrospective time line of grief, the men were asked to plot out the bereavement experiences that had occurred since the death of their partner. Participants were then interviewed, and questions were asked about the issues placed on their time line. Participants reported a variety of bereavement reactions. Common themes across three participants were emotional reactions and connection with the deceased partner. Two participants mentioned letting go/closure. Also, unique themes emerged including caregiver, network support, anniversaries, anger/regret, and passing through stages. This pattern supported some previous theory, but indicates the need for modification and theory generation. The ramifications of AIDS-related partner bereavement are great, yet much remains to be done. en
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dc.language.iso eng en
dc.relation.ispartofseries UBC Retrospective Theses Digitization Project [http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/retro_theses/]
dc.title Losing a partner to AIDS: bereavement in gay men en
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.degree.name Master of Arts - MA en
dc.degree.discipline Family Studies en
dc.degree.grantor University of British Columbia
dc.date.graduation 1998-05 en
dc.degree.campus UBCV en

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