Date of Award

12-1-1993

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Dr. Gale Hurton

Abstract

The overall objective of this study was to determine the level of satisfaction with medical treatment and social work counseling among women diagnosed with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The author examined the following factors: First, how quickly and frequently the female respondents received medical treatment for symptoms related to a diagnosis of AIDS. Second, the type and form of medical insurance coverage provided for females diagnosed with AIDS. Third, the level of the respondents’ satisfaction with the medical treatment received for the treatment of AIDS. Fourth, the type of social work counseling received for the treatment of AIDS. Fifth, the respondents’ level of satisfaction with the social work counseling received for the treatment of AIDS.

A self-administered questionnaire was given to thirty adult female respondents that have been diagnosed with AIDS. Two hypotheses were tested concerning the relationship between gender and the level of satisfaction with medical and social work treatment received for the treatment of AIDS.

Both of the null hypotheses were rejected. The results of this study indicated that the female respondents were dissatisfied with the counseling they received from the social worker, with a felt sense of having their concerns inadequately addressed during counseling sessions. This study demonstrated that social workers must be sensitive to gender specific issues with special populations of clients in order to provide adequate, acceptable treatment.

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