Managing Shame and Stigma: Case Studies of Female Carers of People With AIDS in Southern Thailand Academic Article uri icon


  • The authors of this article discuss the effects of shame and stigma on female caregivers of people living with AIDS in southern Thailand. They conducted a longitudinal ethnographic case study over 8 months and collected data using interviews, observations, field notes, and journaling. The authors performed qualitative content analysis and narrative analysis. Public judgment was created in a moral climate, framed by Buddhist precepts of correct and honorable behavior, with different levels of tolerance and stigmatization between men and women. Women caregivers engaged in concealing practices, deception, and withdrawal from social relationships to manage the effects of shame and stigma.

publication date

  • November 2006