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