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Turning HIV-Positive Clients into "Responsible Citizens"

Currier, Ashley McAllister (2004) Turning HIV-Positive Clients into "Responsible Citizens". Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In this thesis, I examine an ASO in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in order to explore how case managers interpret the complex needs that HIV-positive clients present while trying to encourage them to become responsible citizens. The data are drawn from participant observation, structured interviews with case managers, and a content analysis of case managers' notes in clients' files. I find that clients do not regularly ask for services related to health maintenance, case managers negotiate surveillance and empowerment strategies in four ways, and external factors complicate case managers' ability to carry out their jobs in a climate of surveillance and empowerment. I conclude that responsible citizenship, in the sense of describing how case managers encourage clients to become more self-sufficient, is present in the language that case managers use to depict their approach to case management with clients.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Currier, Ashley McAllisteramcst87@pitt.eduAMCST87
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBlee, Kathleen Mkblee@pitt.eduKBLEE
Committee MemberHashimoto, Akikoahash@pitt.eduAHASH
Committee MemberBaiocchi,
Date: 28 January 2004
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 24 September 2003
Approval Date: 28 January 2004
Submission Date: 6 November 2003
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: AIDS service organization; citizenship; HIV/AIDS; sociology of health and illness
Other ID:, etd-11062003-101345
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:04
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:51


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