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Challenge & Innovation : Social Aspects of AIDS - Mary Boulton

Challenge & Innovation

Social Aspects of AIDS

Paperback Published: 5th July 1994
ISBN: 9780748401987
Number Of Pages: 280

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The HIV/AIDS epidemic has presented considerable challenges to social researchers to provide detailed and accurate information about "sensitive" behaviour amongst "hidden" populations, to develop theories to explain and predict how and why behaviour changes; and to carry out assessments of knowledge, attitudes, practices and the effectiveness of health education interventions in shaping these. This volume draws together examples of innovative research which has been conducted in the field of HIV/AIDS and describes the relevance of these methods for research in health behaviour more generally. The chapters are drawn from the work of 12 research groups who, in response to the challenge of HIV/AIDS research, have developed the tools of social research to new degrees of sophistication or put them to use in novel and imaginative ways. While the emphasis in this book is on the methods the researchers have developed, it is in the substantive findings of their studies, and their contribution to our understanding of the epidemic, that the methods have proved their worth. The AIDS epidemic has "changed the rule" for social research on health and illness. The urgency surrounding the epidemic has given rise to an openness to different disciplines and new approaches within the research community. For example, questions of the reliability and validity of accounts of "private" behaviour have been given new consideration, as have the theoretical underpinnings of research which looks at vulnerable or "disadvantaged" groups within society. The developments described in this volume represent the way social science has been taken forward by researchers who have confronted the challenges posed by research on the social dimensions of HIV/AIDS.

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Acronyms
Series Editor's Preface
The Methodological Imaginationp. 1
Using Longitudinal Cohort-Sequential Designs to Study Changes in Sexual Behaviourp. 25
Monitoring Behavioural Change in the Population: A Continuous Data Collection Approachp. 39
Acts, Sessions and Individuals: A Model for Analysing Sexual Behaviourp. 57
Analysing Naturally-Occurring Data on AIDS Counselling: Some Methodological and Practical Issuesp. 69
Some Methodological and Practical Implications of Employing Drug Users as Indigenous Fieldworkersp. 97
How Many Prostitutes? Epidemiology out of Ethnographyp. 111
Diaries and Sexual Behaviour: The Use of Sexual Diaries as Method and Substance in Researching Gay Men's Response to HIV/AIDSp. 125
Social Science Methods Used in a Study of Prostitutes in the Gambiap. 149
Focus Groups: Methods or Madness?p. 159
Theory, Utility and Stakeholders: Methodological Issues in Evaluating a Community Project on HIV/AIDSp. 179
Assessing AIDS Preventive Strategies in Europep. 199
Methodological Issues in Researching Young Women's Sexualityp. 219
Towards the Mainstreaming of HIV Researchp. 243
Notes on Contributorsp. 253
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9780748401987
ISBN-10: 0748401989
Series: Social Aspects of AIDS
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 5th July 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1