A Narrative Description of Disclosing Sensitive Information to Empower an HIV/AIDS Infected or Affected Child

Mmule Magama (University of Botswana, Botswana), Motshedisi B. Sabone (University of Botswana, Botswana) and Pelonomi Letshwiti-Macheng (University of Botswana, Botswana)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 225
EISBN13: 9781466688698|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8568-0.ch011
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Failure to disclose sensitive information to a child is a source of emotional trauma. The consequences include inability to respond to life challenges and impaired productivity. In this case, concealing sensitive information is a form of disempowerment that can result in poor adherence to therapy and resistance to the use of existing support systems. Disempowerment is displayed through disruptive behaviour, low self-esteem, and inability to make constructive decisions. This behaviour flourishes within traditional cultures in which disclosure of sensitive information to a child is considered a taboo in the pretext of protecting the child from emotional pain. Contrary to this view, it is demonstrated in this chapter that disclosure can be empowering. It can lead to self-acceptance and positive thinking that will enable a client to approach life with a positive attitude, and willingness to learn and succeed. Evidently, the child in this chapter demonstrated normal processes of child development, appreciated parental advice, and behaved more responsibly following disclosure of his and his parent's positive HIV status.
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