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Impact of Counselling on Depression and other Behaviors amongst HIV/AIDS Patients


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1 Department of Psychology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, U.P., India
     

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AIDS is a chronic, life threatening condition caused by the human immunodefieieney virus (HIV). The present study was earned out to evaluate the impact of eounselmg on depression and other behaviors mamfestmg psychological distress amongst HIV/AIDS patients. Beck's depression inventory (BDI) was admimsteredto study depression. Stages of HIV infections were also used to facilitate clmical evaluation. Twenty persons with HIV/AIDS(16 men and 4 women)participated in the study.The subjects were admimstered BDI before counseling, and after counseling programme was completed, pre and post-counseling scores were compared. Certain behaviors like negative emotions, body postures, eye contact, hesitant and unnatural speech, and negative attitude towards others were observed systematically by the researcher and status of these behaviors at pre and post counseling stage was compared, ft was found that at the post-counseling condition scores on depression were significantly lower Marked improvement was also seen in behavioral symptoms of psychological distress.

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HIV/AIDS, who Clinical Stage, Depression, Psychological Distress Symptoms, Counseling.
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Sabira Khan
Department of Psychology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, U.P., India

Abstract


AIDS is a chronic, life threatening condition caused by the human immunodefieieney virus (HIV). The present study was earned out to evaluate the impact of eounselmg on depression and other behaviors mamfestmg psychological distress amongst HIV/AIDS patients. Beck's depression inventory (BDI) was admimsteredto study depression. Stages of HIV infections were also used to facilitate clmical evaluation. Twenty persons with HIV/AIDS(16 men and 4 women)participated in the study.The subjects were admimstered BDI before counseling, and after counseling programme was completed, pre and post-counseling scores were compared. Certain behaviors like negative emotions, body postures, eye contact, hesitant and unnatural speech, and negative attitude towards others were observed systematically by the researcher and status of these behaviors at pre and post counseling stage was compared, ft was found that at the post-counseling condition scores on depression were significantly lower Marked improvement was also seen in behavioral symptoms of psychological distress.

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HIV/AIDS, who Clinical Stage, Depression, Psychological Distress Symptoms, Counseling.