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From The CriticsReviewer: Shirley Bush, CNM, MSN, CSAC (East Carolina University)
Description: This is a compilation of work from several accomplished professionals in the fields of communication, psychology, and health care. Topics of behavior modification, care issues, and media concerns are described as essential factors in minimizing the growing epidemic of HIV related issues for women worldwide. Overriding these three topic areas is the ever present theme of communication styles and effects.
Purpose: The purpose is to address the barriers in the fight against HIV/AIDS in women, namely cultural, healthcare, and informational media issues. A look at the styles of communication and the need for improved and adapted communication is explored to overcome these barriers.
Audience: This book is written for the care giving professional encountering female populations regardless of HIV status. Readers may utilize this information within any population as a tool to combat an ever growing epidemic. The audience might be any female in the world today concerned about the future for herself, her clients, or her family. The reading level does not lend itself to those of limited reading ability.
Features: There are no illustrations. A basic needs/services assessment guide is included for the moderator of an HIV/AIDS caregiver needs assessment. The chapter on women producers/directors of AIDS films includes the following appendixes: a listing of contacts for audio visuals; sample letters to AIDS related agencies and producer/director interviewees; a survey instrument; a listing of films and videos on the topic; and a listing of distributors of the materials.
Assessment: The book lends itself to skill development by heightening levels of awareness regarding cultural needs of women, the way women know and behave, and barriers inherent in fighting an epidemic that encompasses multiple issues. The reader will understand the need to know the individual client and to develop an awareness of the need to diversify communication styles to meet the needs of the women who are at HIV risk, HIV infected, HIV caregivers, or HIV educator/public health workers.