African American Women's Health And Social Issues / Edition 2

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Written by a team of experts that includes doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and chemists, this handbook focuses on the diseases that pose the greatest threat to African American women today. Topics include African American women and heart disease, sickle cell, breast cancer, diabetes, HIV and AIDS, as well as mental illness. Social issues that affect health are also examined, including poverty, homelessness, stress, racism, sexism, and treatment disparities. Two thirds of the chapters are all-new with fresh topics and information, and the remaining chapters have been completely updated.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The prevalence of diabetes among African Americans is about 70 percent higher than among whites. About one in every 375 African American newborns has a form of sickle cell disease; the rate is about one in every 58,000 for whites. Being armed with these facts is not enough, so this collection of clearly-written articles gives general readers basic information about a range of indications, treatments, preventative measures and concerns. Topics and conditions covered include the general health and social status of African American women, heart disease, breast cancer, sickle cell disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and depression. Articles also address the consequences of poverty and homelessness, the ramifications of informed consent, the emotional process of seeking health, and a literary perspective on the roots of coping." - SciTech Book News

"This book includes some compelling, well-researched chapters that reflect the medical and social challenges facing some African American women." - Choice

"This excellent resource addresses the unique issues faced by black women and provides encouragement and valuable information about how to get help." - Multicultural Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275980825
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

CATHERINE FISHER COLLINS is an Associate Professor of Community and Human Services at State University at New York Empire State College. She is a nurse practitioner and holds a Ph.D. in Education Administration.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : commentary on the health and social status of African American women 1
1 African American women and heart disease 12
2 Breast cancer in African American women 36
3 Understanding sickle cell disease in African American women 46
4 Sickle cell disease : what's going on? : insights for women 65
5 Diabetes and African American women 82
6 HIV/AIDS : confronting the health risk factors 93
7 Social construction and social transmission of HIV/AIDS 109
8 Allowing illness in order to heal : sojourning the African American woman and the AIDS pandemic 130
9 African American women and depression 142
10 Homeless women : caught in a web of poverty 158
11 Informed decisions : paving the way to informed consent 177
12 Women in the shadows : seeking health, seeking self 189
13 Women of color and the roots of coping : a literary perspective 199
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