I've Got Them in My Blood: Reflections on the Impact of Countertransference on the Process of Becoming a Social Work Researcher

  • Ellarwee Gadsden Morgan State University


Poor minority women are the fastest growing group diagnosed with AIDS. As a seasoned social worker, the author conducted a research study that explored why a sub-population of these women, those in substance abuse treatment, continued to engage in AIDS risk sexual practices. Here, the author reflects on the impact their stories and experiences had on her. She learned that even as a seasoned social worker, knowledgeable in clinical countertransference, she struggled with her new role as a researcher.

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