College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Group Composition and Its Impact on Effective Group Treatment of HIV and AIDS Patients

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1995

Keywords

Groups, Support, HIV

Publication Title

Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities

ISSN

1056-263X

Volume

7

Issue/No.

4

Abstract

This paper reviews the literature on group therapy in the treatment of people with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and people with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Specifically, it examines the effect of group composition on the curative factors of group therapy. The variables of group composition explored are stage of illness, risk group for contracting HIV, and gender. This paper suggests that support groups that are homogeneous for stage of illness, risk behaviors, and gender provide members with the greatest benefits through facilitating the curative factors of group therapy: instillation of hope, universality, and group cohesion.

DOI

10.1007/BF02578434