Accession Number : ADA186152

Title :   Perceived Life Changes in Adults with Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome and Kaposi's Sarcoma Utilizing a Behavioral Systems Model.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Schobel, Deborah A

PDF Url : ADA186152

Report Date : Jan 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 225

Abstract : The lack of documentation regarding the true impact of an AIDS diagnosis leaves care providers, especially nurses, guessing at appropriate patient management. The objectives of this study were 1) to describe perceived life changes occurring in adult AIDS patients with Kaposi's Sarcoma in terms of occurrence, direction, quality, and importance, from a nursing perspective; 2) to evaluate the Derdiarian Behavioral System Model (DBSM) Instrument for validity, comprehensiveness, and reliability in an AIDS population. Using a descriptive design, a convenience sample of 30 outpatients, with AIDS and Kaposi's Sarcoma, were interviewed. Data analysis included frequency studies, internal consistency analysis, a limited test-retest Pearson product-moment correlation, and a judge panel. Results provided measurable dimensions of perceived life changes in terms of occurrence, direction, quality, and importance. Major areas of perceived change included dermatiological manifestations, sexual expression, ability/desire to achieve, and emotional stability.

Descriptors :   *BEHAVIOR, *PATIENTS, *SARCOMA, *IMMUNOSUPPRESSION, *VIRUS DISEASES, ADULTS, EMOTIONS, MANAGEMENT, MEASUREMENT, MODELS, NURSES, NURSING, POPULATION, SEX, STABILITY, THESES, EMOTIONS, ARBOVIRUSES

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE