Women's Experiences with HIV/AIDS: Mending Fractured Selves

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Women's Experiences with HIV/AIDS: Mending Fractured Selves examines the impact of HIV/AIDS on women, the fastest-growing subgroup of the HIV-infected population of the United States. Based on interviews with HIV-infected women, the book gives voice to their experiences. These courageous women speak candidly about the impact of illness on their lives in interviews that highlight key issues pertinent to living with the infection, including the everyday impact of an HIV diagnosis and the effect of the disease on women's social and familial roles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789017574
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • Disruption and Legitimation: Hillary
  • Problematic Repair Strategies: Denise
  • Disruption and Nonrepair: Stephanie
  • HIV/AIDS As a Gender Issue
  • Analytic Framework: Biographical Disruption and HIV/AIDS
  • Sample and Methodology
  • Overview of This Book
  • Chapter 2. “Feeling Like Nothing”: Receiving an HIV Diagnosis and Initial Disruption
  • Biographical Disruption Among Women with HIV/AIDS
  • Hopelessness
  • Disbelief
  • Social Withdrawal
  • Placing Blame
  • Putting Oneself Last
  • Assigning Meaning and Sense of Self
  • Women and Disruption
  • Chapter 3. Living with HIV Infection: The Impact of Illness on Everyday Life
  • Gender and the Psychosocial Impact of HIV Infection
  • Adaptive Tasks for Women with HIV/AIDS
  • The Perceived Significance of Gender
  • Women's Unique Experiences and Needs
  • Chapter 4. Towards Legitimation: Coping with HIV/AIDS
  • Coping with HIV/AIDS: A Brief Review of the Literature
  • Women's Ways of Coping: Repairing Disrupted Biographies
  • Going Public and Becoming an Activist
  • Support Groups
  • Spirituality
  • Establishing Positive Lifestyles
  • Avoidance
  • Legitimation and Sense of Self
  • Chapter 5. Social Support: The Role of Informal Networks in Women's Lives
  • Social Support and HIV/AIDS
  • Familial Support Networks
  • Problematic Support
  • Keeping the Secret: Untapped Support Networks and Self-Protection
  • Social Support and Illness Progression: Speculating on the Likelihood of Future Support
  • Chapter 6. Women As Carers: The Dual Challenge of Caregiving and Living with HIV Infection
  • Mothering
  • Planning for the Future: Child Care and Guardianship
  • Caring for Adults with HIV/AIDS
  • The Consequences of Caring
  • Chapter 7. Multiple Assaults on Self: The Relative Impact of HIV/AIDS on Women's Lives
  • “I'm Used to Being Ate Up Anyway”
  • “Nothing Compares to HIV”
  • The Relative Impact of Assaults
  • Chapter 8. Disruption and Repair: Lessons from Women's Illness Experiences
  • The Strengths and Weaknesses of Women's Coping
  • Formal Care and Women with HIV Infection
  • Empowerment and Social Change
  • Experiencing Illness: Extending HIV-Positive Women's Experiences to Other Populations
  • Appendix: Sample Demographic Summary
  • References
  • Index
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