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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2022, 5(5); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2022.050507.

Case Study of an International Student Infected With AIDS From Strengths Perspective


Cai Lin1, Zheng Zhengrong2, Fang Yijia3, Li Pengfei4, Cui Ying5

Corresponding Author:
Cai Lin

1Changchun University of Science and Technology, Changchun, China

2Changchun University of Science and Technology, Changchun, China

3Changchun University of Science and Technology, Changchun, China

4Changchun University of Science and Technology, Changchun, China

5Changchun University of Science and Technology, Changchun, China


Based on the theory of Strength Perspective, this study intervenes in the problems and dilemmas of a foreign student infected with AIDS through case work.As the caser was a foreign national in China, he was not eligible for any social welfare policies implemented by the Chinese government for HIV-infected people and faced physical, psychological and social dilemmas in the meantime. From the perspective of physiology, the caser had entered the onset stage (terminal stage) of AIDS and needed antiviral therapy as quickly as possible for critical physical condition. From the perspective of psychology, HIV infection resulted in the formation of his negative emotions like self-denial. From the perspective of the construction of social support network, he was in lack of the medical expenses required by antiviral therapy and the care from peer groups, which caused his severe lack of social support network. By constructing his social support network and discovering his strengths, social workers got him the antiviral therapy he needed and helped him recover finally, because of which his negative emotions were relieved and he was motivated to return to life. He was then qualified with self-help ability and set goals for public service. Social workers had achieved their targets and their work had obtained good results as well. They also offered professional reflection and future expectations of carrying out social service work for this case.


HIV-infected individuals, Strength Perspective, case work

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Cai Lin, Zheng Zhengrong, Fang Yijia, Li Pengfei, Cui Ying. Case Study of an International Student Infected With AIDS From Strengths Perspective. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2022) Vol. 5, Issue 5: 35-44. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2022.050507.


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