Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Industrial and Labor Relations.


Ehrentraut, A.




This research examines the socialization experiences of first year nursing students using the "problematic" case of AIDS as a focus. An emphasis is placed on the influences of structures other than the institutions of the hospital and university in the social construction of AIDS for these students such as the family, friends and the media. Building on the work of Becker, Geer, Hughes and Strauss (1961), Merton, Reader and Kendall (1957), Simpson (1967), Schutz and Luckmann (1973) and Berger and Luckmann (1966), this research demonstrates that a purely structuralist explanation of the socialization process fails to recognize the complex interactive experiences of students, and how these experiences impact on the socialization process. The conclusions from this research suggest that the socialization of nursing students into their profession requires the presence of certain structural elements for this process to be successful. However, the success of the process is inextricably connected to the interactive experiences of students with others in both the institutional and lay world in which they are situated.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1990 .S876. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 30-03, page: 0576. Chairperson: Adolf Ehrentraut. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1990.