Stress and Adaptation Among Families Living with HIV/AIDS Persons: Case Analysis by Family Resiliency Theory

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Ratchanee Senanoi
Saovakon Virasiri

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HIV/AIDS is a chronic infectious disease that is public health problem of global scale. Its highly epidemic nature, high mortality rate, and lack of cure regimen for it cause stress to the whole family system. Literature review suggested previous studies mostly emphasized on stress and adaptation of HIV/AIDS persons and caregivers. This article was aimed at presenting case analysis based on the model of Family Stress and Adaptation or Family Resiliency Theory that defines comprising factors as stressor, vulnerability, perception, coping, family typing and function, resources, and adaptation outcome. Health personnel, especially, professional nurses should assess stress and adaptation of family with HIV/AIDS persons as a whole system for developing interventions that could help family and persons with HIV/AIDS in decreasing stress and increasing effective adaptation, which would result in good quality of life.

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