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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book includes a collection of essays on aspects of children coping with the death of one or both parents as the result of AIDS. It is intended for a wide variety of caregivers who serve children affected by the AIDS epidemic. This is a unique, but certainly important, purpose, and the book well serves this need.
Purpose: The book is generally interesting, although written by a wide variety of contributors addressing the subject from different perspectives. The broad range of insights includes racial and cultural perspectives that are quite appropriate in light of the epidemiology of AIDS and HIV infections.
Audience: The audience for this book includes mental health, social work, and health professionals as well as others serving the needs of children whose parents are victims of AIDS.
Features: The features of this book are generally unremarkable. There are no illustrations. The references vary in number and timeliness among the various chapters. The index, table of contents, and appearance are not particularly noteworthy.
Assessment: This book addresses issues of bereavement for children whose parents are victims of the AIDS epidemic. Various perspectives on spiritual, cultural, and social factors are presented by the contributors. Otherwise there are few remarkable features of this book. It is written at a fairly sophisticated level and targeted toward a variety of informed caregivers. The book serves an important purpose and fills a somewhat unique niche in the field.