ERIC Number: ED295070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov-16
Reference Count: N/A
AIDS: A Strain on Family Relations.
Cleveland, Peggy H.
A diagnosis of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) has both a physical and psychosocial impact that require substantial support. Relating to the families of origin concerning an AIDS diagnosis is a difficult task which sometimes results in rejection and sometimes results in support. In this study subjects (N=32) with AIDS described their experiences of relating to their families of origin about the AIDS diagnosis. Subjects were asked to respond to questions concerning changes that occurred in their lives because of the AIDS diagnosis, their perceptions of their families' support, and their families' knowledge of their homosexual lifestyle. They also completed measures of family functioning, affective responsiveness, loneliness, and anxiety. Most subjects indicated that there had been at least some change in their support networks. Most parents were aware of the diagnosis. One-half of the subjects reported that the knowledge of their illness had affected family functioning. Most parents knew of the subjects' homosexual lifestyle. Nearly one-half of the subjects perceived their families as healthy. Subjects reported moderate loneliness and low to moderate anxiety. Since support is so critical, helping professionals could facilitate family support and a balance between support and denial as important interventions. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the National Council on Family Relations (49th, Atlanta, GA, November 14-19, 1987).