ERIC Number: ED349722
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-12
A Study of Parent-Child Attachments in HIV+/AIDS Minority Families.
Harris, Yvette; And Others
This study examined medical services and support services available to and utilized by minority families where a child and/or parent was identified as having Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Sixteen caregivers of children (ages 2-4) diagnosed as HIV positive or children who had been exposed to the HIV/AIDS virus participated in the study. Caregivers were administered the Pediatric AIDS Interview which covered demographic information, child's medical history, medical services, medical management, family and friend support, use of external support services, and coping strategies. Among the results were the following: (1) over 80% of respondents indicated that they were pleased with the quality of their child's medical care; (2) 62% of the participants had informed their immediate family; (3) 70% reported that there were no support groups in the area for families of HIV positive children; (4) coping strategies included praying, going to support meetings, learning about the new developments in AIDS research, focusing on positives, and not thinking about the child's illness; and (5) extended families were called upon to demonstrate an array of caregiving roles. (Contains 11 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children's Topical Conference on At-Risk Children and Youth (New Orleans, LA, November 10-12, 1991).