Families in crisis : a comparative hermeneutic study of the impact of cancer and HIV/AIDS on familes.

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dc.contributor.advisor Wassenaar, Douglas Richard.
dc.creator Du Plessis, Eugene.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-17T07:33:33Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-17T07:33:33Z
dc.date.created 2002
dc.date.issued 2002
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10413/3456
dc.description Thesis (M.A.)-University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 2002.
dc.description.abstract This study employed a qualitative hermeneutic methodology to compare and explore the stress faced by families caring for a family member with cancer or HIV/AIDS. Four 'Indian' families, two with a family member with cancer and two with a family member with HIV/AIDS, were purposiveiy sampled through NGOs in Pietermaritzburg and Durban. Generally it appeared that the illnesses brought about a range of stressors in families including fmancial and care-related stressors, role changes, difficulties accessing medical treatment, uncertainty and the psychological responses of family members. The impact of these on families was mediated by the families' abilities, social support, a variety of meaning factors and stigma. It did however, appear that families caring for a family member with HIV/AIDS had to cope with several additional burdens including coping with a more prolonged and variable period of illness, fears of infection, increased difficulties accessing medical treatment, less social support and stigma.
dc.description.sponsorship Konrad Schrenk
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Aids (Disease)--Patients--South Africa--Family relationships.
dc.subject Cancer--Patients--Family relationships.
dc.subject Sick--Family relationships.
dc.subject Caregivers--Family relationships.
dc.subject Theses--Psychology.
dc.title Families in crisis : a comparative hermeneutic study of the impact of cancer and HIV/AIDS on familes.
dc.type Thesis

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