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Eliciting emotions in HIV/AIDS research: a diary-based approach

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Little attention has been given to understanding the emotional well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS in developing countries, despite the fact that emotions may impact on people's sense of purpose and value, and ultimately their ability and resolve to hold livelihood and familial responsibilities together. Drawing upon research undertaken in the Caprivi Region of Namibia, this paper examines the use of solicited text and photo diaries in enabling insight into the emotional impacts of HIV/AIDS. The advantages and constraints of diary methods are examined, focusing on informant-directed research and the ethical considerations surrounding their use.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS; Namibia; emotions; solicited diaries; visual methods; well-being

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London, London E1 4NS, Email:

Publication date: 2007-03-01

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