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Creative Studies, M.S.


International Center for Studies in Creativity

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An examination of the organizational, social and psychological climate for individuals infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Enclosed is an identification of the organizational (household), social (family, spouse, friends, church, etc.) and psychological (mental health, thoughts, feelings etc.) press/environment effecting individuals diagnosed with the virus or disease. This project examines and applies the elements of Ekvall’s 10 dimensions of a creative environment for women who are infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS; the results are reflected in a Creative Climate Survey. The participants of the survey were anonymous and voluntary. The survey was distributed throughout an entire month to a group of eighteen women attending a HIV/AIDS support group. The results indicate that at least half of the participants are not currently experiencing three or more of Ekvall’s ten creative climate dimensions within their household. Interviews were used as an additional tool for examining the social and psychological press/environment effecting individuals with a HIV/AIDS diagnosis.