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Work Experiences of HIV/AIDS Service Providers

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2019, 15(2), pp.85-103
  • DOI : 10.14251/crisisonomy.2019.15.2.85
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general
  • Received : December 10, 2018
  • Accepted : February 18, 2019
  • Published : February 28, 2019

PARK HYUNG WON 1

1서울사이버대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to obtain specific understanding of the work experiences of HIV/AIDS service providers in Korea. The in-depth survey data of 9 social workers and counselors who had worked in various agencies were analyzed by a qualitative research method such as content analysis. The results of the data analysis are as follows. Their work experiences were classified into three categories: ‘starting career without knowing anything’, ‘working together while sharing emotions and faith with one another’, ‘working against taboo with pride’. In other words, the participants started working in the career without sufficient information about AIDS but worked together with patients and share emotions and faith with them despite the issues of homophobia, discrimination and stigmatization. They also experienced their personal development and gained pride in working against social taboo. The results of this study suggested the betterment of HIV/AIDS education and promotion, the use of institutional supervision system and peer support groups, and the change in social perception.

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