ERIC Number: ED360768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
How Can I Tell You? Secrecy and Disclosure with Children When a Family Member Has AIDS.
This book addresses issues of secrecy and disclosure when a child or other family member has AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), and offers examples of how some families have resolved these issues. After an introduction which notes the involvement of many families with an AIDS-infected member, the first chapter addresses the common first reaction of parents to the AIDS diagnosis, which is not to tell anyone due to such factors as the unpredictable nature of the response, fears the child will disclose the diagnosis to others, and fears about discussing death with children. In the second chapter, quotes from parents illustrate the stresses and risks involved in keeping the diagnosis of AIDS a secret and points out benefits of disclosure. The ways that stigma and discrimination serve as barriers to disclosure are considered in the third chapter, and specific coping suggestions from parents are offered. The fourth chapter looks at the four phases of disclosure: (1) secrecy phase, (2) exploratory phase, (3) readiness phase, and (4) disclosure phase. The fifth chapter focuses on disclosing the diagnosis itself using vignettes to show how some families have accomplished this. (Contains 13 references and 16 suggested children's resources.) (DB)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Clinical Diagnosis, Confidentiality, Coping, Disclosure, Emotional Adjustment, Family Problems, Fear, Interpersonal Communication, Parent Child Relationship, Social Bias, Social Discrimination, Special Health Problems
Association for the Care of Children's Health, 7910 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814 ($9.50).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Bureau of Maternal and Child Health and Resources Development.
Authoring Institution: Association for the Care of Children's Health, Bethesda, MD.