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Investigation work carried out with groups of self-help. Guiltiness and its influence.
Carril AO; Fundacion SPES, Buenos Aires-Argentina.
December 30, 1994
Int Conf AIDS. 1994 Aug 7-12;10(1):394 (abstract no. PD0185). Unique

OBJECTIVE: Influence of guilt feeling in the appearance of opportunist illnesses. METHODS: We use a combined methodology. Self-help groups and group therapy. We take into account the affection impact caused by the subjects brought up, by the appearance of opportunist infection and by the absence of a group member. RESULTS: To become conscious of their position as persons facing the world rather than infected subjects. Achievement of a greater social compromise, offering others what is offered to them. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS: Guilt feeling is the fundamental factor within our society. From childhood whatever conduct or different attitude, is cause of punishment. Within the persons who integrate the self-help groups in 90% of cases this guilt feeling led them to think of HIV/AIDS as a punishment. The punishment of having lived, guiltiness for having felt pleasure and finally, guiltiness for having lived. Through the groups we have obtained a 60% positive result in persons who have been able to modify their conduct of submission and guiltiness, which benefited their general health condition; to be able to live as human beings with all their rights to love, to receive attention and care, which any human being deserves for the only fact of being human.

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/*PSYCHOLOGY Adaptation, Psychological Argentina AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections/*PSYCHOLOGY *Guilt Human Internal-External Control Patient Advocacy Punishment Self-Help Groups *Sick Role ABSTRACT