The diagnosis and treatment of major depression in AIDS patients : effect of counselor experience and attitude toward people with AIDS

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dc.contributor.advisor Spengler, Paul M. en_US
dc.contributor.author Walker, Blain S. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:32:09Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:32:09Z
dc.date.created 1999 en_US
dc.date.issued 1999
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 1999 .W35 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/181687
dc.description.abstract This study was an investigation into the clinical judgments made by counseling psychologists when faced with a patient who had major depression and AIDS. Two hundred and eighty one counseling psychologists evaluated one of four vignettes depicting an individual with major depression. In three of the vignettes the individual also had AIDS but the vignette varied on how the virus was contracted (unprotected gay sex, IV drug abuse, hemophilia). In the fourth vignette (the control group) the individual did not have AIDS. Results of the study suggested, that the presence of AIDS overshadows the evaluation and treatment decisions made by counseling psychologists when their patient has major depression and AIDS. Three factors-counseling psychologists' general experience with people who have AIDS, their clinical experience with AIDS patients and how the AIDS virus was contracted-were investigated for possible moderating effects of the overshadowing bias. How the AIDS virus was contracted was used as an indirect measure of clinician attitude toward people with AIDS. Neither general or clinical experience with AIDS patients appeared to have an effect on the diagnostic or treatment decisions made by counseling psychologists when evaluating depressed patients with AIDS. As with experience, method of contracting the AIDS virus did not have a moderating effect on the overshadowing bias. Implications of these results for the evaluation and treatment of depression in AIDS patients, as well as future research are discussed. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services
dc.format.extent v, 107 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh AIDS (Disease) -- Patients -- Mental health. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh AIDS (Disease) -- Patients -- Public opinion. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Clinical psychologists -- Attitudes. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh AIDS (Disease) -- Psychological aspects. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Depression, Mental -- Diagnosis. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh AIDS phobia. en_US
dc.title The diagnosis and treatment of major depression in AIDS patients : effect of counselor experience and attitude toward people with AIDS en_US
dc.title.alternative Depression and AIDS en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1137581 en_US


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