This paper reports of recurrent themes of concern about AIDS expressed by health care professionals participating in small group sessions.
Three dominant themes emerged: fear of contagion, homophobia, and attachment and loss.
For each of these themes the possible meanings are explored.
Fear of contagion was the dominant theme and is discussed as both a possible expression of displaced homophobia and a « catastrophic » risk factor (extreme negative consequence).
The need of health care professionals to see themselves as « different » from the person with AIDS is also discussed.
Professionals also discussed the emotional burden of caring for young patients often similar in age to themselves.
Mots-clés Pascal : Perception sociale, Attitude, Peur, Attachement affectif, Facteur risque, Epuisement usure, Stress, Milieu professionnel, Personnel sanitaire, Homme, Immunodéficit acquis syndrome, Virose, Infection, Immunopathologie, Hémopathie, Homophobie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Social perception, Attitude, Fear, Affective attachment, Risk factor, Occupational burnout, Stress, Occupational environment, Health staff, Human, AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Immunopathology, Hemopathy
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Cote : 93-0510462
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 199406.