AIDS and the New Orphans: Coping with Death / Edition 1

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Overview

By the year 2000, as many as 125,000 children under the age of 18 in the U.S. will have been orphaned by AIDS. Social services in major urban centers such as New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and Washington will be further overwhelmed by these new clients and their unique problems. In this book, experts on AIDS, bereavement, and children draw together and analyze research and practice models that may be vital to individual and public policy solutions.

The first chapter sets the stage by examining how Western culture approaches death. Issues of spirituality and children are discussed next, and the following chapters deal with childhood bereavement among latency-age children and adolescents. The role of culture and ethnicity are examined in the Latino and Black communities. Also, the conflicts and problems that new guardians face as they attempt to build new and secure relationships with grieving youngsters are addressed. The book ends with an examination of four projects that are reaching children and families and gives recommendations to practitioners. This book is an invaluable examination of a problem of growing social concern for social, medical, and mental health professionals, public policy analysts, and the general public.

The book contains black-and-white illustration.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: 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.
Bernard J. Turnock
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Booknews
Combines information about children's development, bereavement, and HIV\AIDS to illuminate the impact of the AIDS epidemic on young survivors. Considers spirituality, adolescents, Latino and Black communities, and programs for children and associates. Concludes that support from other family members is the most critical need of AIDS orphans, whether the children are themselves infected or not. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865692497
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Lexile: 1290L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

BARBARA O. DANE is Associate Professor at the New York University School of Social Work and engages in private practice with individuals, families, and groups. A frequent lecturer on AIDS and bereavement, she has authored several articles and book chapters and is co-author of AIDS: Intervening with Hidden Grievers.

CAROL LEVINE is Executive Director of the Orphan Project: Families and Children in the HIV Epidemic.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 The New Orphans and Grieving in the Time of AIDS 1
2 Death and Bereavement 13
3 Suffer the Little Children: The Child and Spirituality in the AIDS Crisis 33
4 Parental Loss and Latency Age Children 43
5 Adolescents and Parental Death from AIDS 59
6 Latino Communities: Coping with Death 77
7 Black American Communities: Coping with Death 101
8 Bereavement and the New Guardians 121
9 Programs for Children and Adolescents 133
Appendix: Resource Guide 149
Index 153
About the Contributors 157
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