Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Environmental and Occupational Health
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Kathryn Hausbeck Korgan
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HIV/AIDS and a subsequent drug regimen can create many negative symptoms and side
effects that lead those infected to seek out alternative and complementary therapies as treatments. Massage therapy is an ancient form of treatment that is now gaining popularity as part of the integrative medicine movement. A phenomenological, qualitative research study was conducted at Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN). Participants received a massage and rich descriptive narratives were captured from the 12 participants, six female and six male, ranging in age from 30-67 years of age. The interviews were transcribed and coded for themes. For the purpose of this qualitative study, the research design included field observations and one on one interviews.
Data was analyzed using a phenomenological lens. The data was coded for themes that emerged from the data and grouped. Four thematic themes resulted from this data analysis Self-efficacy, Human Connectivity through Touch, Physical & Mental Responses, and An Emotional Roller Coaster. Bandura (1993) states “perceived self-efficacy is concerned with people’s beliefs in their ability to influence events that influence their lives.” Many of the participants expressed statements that the non-pharmacology treatment of massage therapy assisted them in making a variety of positive decisions, thus alluding to the question of self-efficacy.
AIDS; CAM; HIV; IPA; Massage Therapy; Self-efficacy
Alternative and Complementary Medicine
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Weisman, Anne Elizabeth, "Human Touch: Perceptions of Self-Efficacy From a Non-Pharmacology Treatment for Individuals Living With HIV/AIDS" (2016). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2760.
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