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Women and children living with HIV infection: Some psychological concerns

  • Diane Melvin (a1) and Lorraine Sherr (a2)
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HIV infection is a relatively new disease affecting families (Pizzo & Wilfert, 1994). As with other chronic and life-threatening illnesses, families are faced with many changes and losses as well as much uncertainty about the future (Eiser, 1990). Unlike most other conditions, however, there can be extra stigma-related stresses, such as fear and secrecy, which can compound existing burdens of illness and coping (Richmond & Ross, 1995). As further knowledge of the full impact on HIV on families evolves, there is a need to consider the effects of multiple loss and changes on the mental health and adjustment of the children as well as their parents (Melvin & Sherr, 1995; Reidy, 1995).

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Women and children living with HIV infection: Some psychological concerns

  • Diane Melvin (a1) and Lorraine Sherr (a2)
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