Living with HIV: Experiment in Courage

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This NIH-supported study of HIV's physical and psychosocial impacts offers both practical and inspiring accounts of how individuals living with HIV respond and cope with the disease and its progressive stages and impacts. The longitudinal approach of the research and the rich resources offered by extensive interviews with the persons with HIV and those closest to them avail the reader of insights and responses that should improve others' coping and caring abilities. The author's professional experience and ...

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Overview

This NIH-supported study of HIV's physical and psychosocial impacts offers both practical and inspiring accounts of how individuals living with HIV respond and cope with the disease and its progressive stages and impacts. The longitudinal approach of the research and the rich resources offered by extensive interviews with the persons with HIV and those closest to them avail the reader of insights and responses that should improve others' coping and caring abilities. The author's professional experience and extensive research informs the work throughout and fashions a remarkable and moving synthesis of the themes that will help those living with AIDS as well as all who relate to them. From the first awareness of infection to coping with bereavement, this book honestly, sensitively, and substantively addresses the essential concerns that any and all who are touched by the HIV pandemic must reflect on.

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Library Journal
O'Brien (nursing, Catholic Univ. of America) has compiled the results of a study funded by the National Institutes of Health involving 136 persons infected with human immunodeficiency virus. Often in their own words, these people describe the physical and psychosocial dilemmas to which HIV has forced them to adapt. Startling comments unmask the peculiarities of the disease and the coping strategies that patients employ. ``I know this is going to sound crazy,'' one participant says, ``but it would really be hard if I found out that I wasn't going to die.'' Although clinical in nature, the book is accessible and often painful to read. Recommended for psychology and healthcare collections of large public libraries and most academic libraries.-- Mark Annichiarico, ``Library Journal''
Booknews
The fruit of two years of research involving 136 HIV-infected study participants. O'Brien (nursing, Catholic U. of America) identifies physical and psychosocial problems, needs associated with HIV infection--with a view to development of effective caregiving strategies--and examines patterns of coping behavior for persons living with HIV over time. Includes data from a complementary study concerning experiences of guilt, bereavement and healing among partners and families who have lost someone to AIDS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865692039
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1992
  • Pages: 246
  • Lexile: 1100L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

MARY ELIZABETH O'BRIEN, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, is a Professor in the School of Nursing at The Catholic University of America.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

The World of HIV Infection

The Study Participants: Choosing to Live with HIV

The Families: The Ties that Bind

The Professional Caregivers

Early Adaptation to HIV

The Survivors: A Typology of Coping Styles in Living with HIV

Coping with Death and Bereavement

Bibliography

Index

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