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Multiple stigmatization of lesbian and bisexual mothers with HIV, AIDS in New York [Elektronische Ressource] : a qualitative study / von Hella von Unger

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Multiple stigmatization of lesbian and bisexual mothers with HIV/AIDS in New York: A qualitative study. Von der Philosophischen Fakultät der Universität Hannover zur Erlangung des Grades einer Doktorin der Philosophie (Dr. phil.) genehmigte Dissertation von Hella von Unger geboren am 12.8.1971 in Hannover 2005 Referentin: Prof.Dr. Gudrun Axeli Knapp Koreferentin: Prof. Dr. Anke A. Ehrhardt Tag der mündlichen Prüfung: 15.6.2005 Abstract Abstract BACKGROUND: Stigmatization processes are harmful to the social standing and psychological well-being of the targets of stigma. Traditionally, social psychology has focused on the stigmatizer, i.e. groups and individuals who display prejudiced views and discriminatory behavior. Recently, a stronger focus has been placed on the experience of the targets of stigmatization and their active role in creating a buffering life space. HIV/AIDS and women’s same-sex sexuality are stigmatized in the United States. To date no study has addressed how bisexual and lesbian women with HIV/AIDS experience multiple stigmatization. Parenthood, an often overlooked aspect of these women’s lives, might play a significant role in stigmatization processes. This study aims to explore how the stigmas attached to HIV/AIDS and women’s same-sex sexuality affect HIV positive, lesbian and bisexual mothers and their relationships to family members, sexual partners and service providers.

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Published 01 January 2005
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