Examining caregiving issues from a multigenerational, family life cycle perspective, this volume deals with the broad spectrum of chronic illnesses that necessitate family caregiving throughout the lifespan and discusses responses to these challenges by both caregiving families and caregiving systems. Part One addresses the caregiving paradigm and the relationship of family caregiving research to family life studies. Part Two examines conceptual aspects of caregiving, ranging from the expansion of the caregiving paradigm, caregiving processes and tasks, to the positive aspects of caregiving. Part Three emphasizes how family caregivers are affected by the connection (or lack of it) to macro-level systems.

Caregivers of Persons Living with AIDS

Caregivers of persons living with AIDS
Patricia FlatleyBrennan, Shirley M.Moore

Since 1981, more than 200,000 American men, women, and children have received the diagnosis of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). More than 12,000 cases were diagnosed in the first quarter of 1992 alone (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 1992). Ten years' experience with a catastrophic illness on par with polio or plague revealed few truths about the illness: AIDS is a communicable disease that follows an unpredictable course of persistent physical decline interrupted by periods of bizarre and unusual clinical manifestations including cancers and multi-organ failure, and it is always fatal. For most of the period from infection through diagnosis and death, the individual faces challenges of living with a chronic, ...

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