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Loss and Trauma Among HIV/AIDS Workers Working with Children

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In this discourse analytic article I illustrate, first, how a group of HIV/AIDS workers working with children constructed such children as innocent and suffering the loss of an ideal childhood and, second, how the HIV/AIDS workers held adults accountable for the children's loss of an ideal childhood. I conclude the article by proposing that, given that inflicted interpersonal traumas are considered more harmful, the implication of participants’ constructions for HIV/AIDS workers is a potentially perpetuated emotional strain and traumatic experience.
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Keywords: HIV/AIDS; discourse analysis; ideal childhood; lost childhood; social construction

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Angered Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden

Publication date: July 4, 2015

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