This naturalistic study reports the attitudinal approaches of long-term survivors of AIDS. Ethnographic interviewing techniques were employed to interview a purposive sample of 14 men and 6 women who had had AIDS for at least 3 years and who were living in the Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL, area. As part of a larger study on the phenomenon of surviving AIDS, participants reconstructed their lives within the context of AIDS. There were five dimensions involved in becoming a long-term survivor, and this article reports on the attitudinal dimension, labelled "focusing on living." Components of this dimension include having a positive attitude, planning for the future, and having a focus for one's energies. Implications for practice, theory, and research are discussed, and specific strategies are suggested for nurses to assist people in all stages of HIV disease.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Phychiatric Mental Health