© 2012

Family and HIV/AIDS

Cultural and Contextual Issues in Prevention and Treatment

  • Willo Pequegnat
  • Carl C. Bell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Overview of Family and HIV and Mental Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Willo Pequegnat, NIMH Consortium on Families and HIV AIDS
      Pages 3-45
    3. Scott C. Brown, Kathryn Flavin, Sheila Kaupert, Maria Tapia, Guillermo Prado, Ikkei Hirama et al.
      Pages 69-93
  3. Role of Families in Prevention and Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Beatrice J. Krauss, Kim S. Miller
      Pages 97-120
    3. Barbara Dancy, Colleen DiIorio
      Pages 121-134
    4. Mary M. McKay, Clair A. Blake, Mari Umpierre, Hadiza Osuji
      Pages 195-207
    5. Jane M. Simoni, Joyce P. Yang, Maura Porricolo
      Pages 209-226
  4. Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Issues in Families

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Velma McBride Murry, Cady Berkel, Hilda Pantin, Guillermo Prado
      Pages 229-247
    3. Geri R. Donenberg, Larry Brown, Wendy Hadley, Chisina Kapungu, Celia Lescano, Ralph DiClemente
      Pages 261-278
  5. Implementing Family Systems Evidence-Based Prevention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Sung-Jae Lee, Bita Amani, Dallas Swendeman
      Pages 281-302

About this book


Three decades into the HIV pandemic, the goals remain clear: reduce the number of infections,improve the health outcomes of those who are infected, and eliminate disparities in care. And one observation continues to gain credence: families are a powerful resource in preventing, adapting to, and coping with HIV.

 Recognizing their complex role as educators, mentors, and caregivers, Family and HIV/AIDS assembles a wealth of findings from successful prevention and intervention strategies and provides models for translating evidence into effective real-world practice.

Chapters spotlight the differing roles of mothers and fathers in prevention efforts, clarify the need for family/community collaborations, and examine core issues of culture,ethnicity, gender, and diagnosis (e.g., minority families, adolescents with psychological disorders). Throughout, risk reduction and health promotion are shown as a viable public health strategy.

 Among the topics covered:

  • The family as the model for HIV prevention.
  • The role of settings in family-based prevention of HIV/STDs.
  • Couples-based HIV prevention and treatment.
  • Parents as agents of HIV prevention for gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth.
  • Promoting family-focused evidence-based practice in HIV/AIDS care.
  • Families and HIV medical adherence.

A reference with considerable utility across the health, mental health, and related disciplines,Family and HIV/AIDS will be a go-to resource for practitioners working with families, researchers studying at-risk populations, administrators seeking to create new (or evaluate existing)prevention and care programs, and policymakers involved in funding such programs.

From Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D.,  Executive Dean for Research and Research Training Chair,Department of Epidemiology and Public Health,Miller School of Medicine,University of Miami

The editors and authors are to be commended for bringing together an impressive amount of findings on the role of families in preventing and addressing HIV infection.  The book documents the tremendous progress in this program of research since the publication of Working with Families in the Era of AIDS IN 2000.  While the book is focused on ethnic minority families and HIV, the strategies have application for all families coping with a range of chronic diseases and should be tremendously useful for research, public health care providers, and policy makers.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Willo Pequegnat
    • 1
  • Carl C. Bell
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institute of Mental HealthBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Community Mental Health Council, Inc.ChicagoUSA

About the editors

CarlC. Bell, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health and Director of the Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR),University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). IJR is century old, multi-million dollar academic institute providing child and family research, training, and service, employing 257 academic faculty and support staff.  Dr. Bell is President and C.E.O. - Community Mental Health Council (CMHC) and Foundation, Inc. in Chicago. CMHC a large multi-million comprehensive community mental health center employing 390 social service geniuses. During 40 years, he has published more than 450 articles, chapters,and books on mental health and authored The Sanity of Survival.  He has been interviewed by Ebony; Jet; Essence; Emerge;New York Times; Chicago Tribune Magazine; People Magazine; Chicago Reporter; "Nightline";ABC News; NPR; "CBS Sunday Morning"; The News Hour with Jim Lehrer; the Tom Joyner Morning Show; Chicago Tonight; and the "Today" show. A1967 graduate of UIC, he earned his M.D. from Meharry College in Nashville,Tennessee in 1971. He completed his psychiatric residency in 1974 at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute/Institute for Juvenile Research in Chicago.

Willo Pequegnat, Ph.D., is Associate Director of the International AIDS Prevention Research in the NIMH Division of AIDS Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Pequegnat has a range of experience with both national and international HIV/STD prevention research and has expertise in primary and secondary behavioral preventive interventions,stress and coping, psychological, neuropsychological, and physical functioning,and quality of life. Her research involves multilevel social organization and complex relationships: couples, families, communities, societal (media,policy), technological (internet, web, smart phones, etc.). She is working on the issue of social instability, such as consequences of war, terrorism,migration, female and drug trafficking on HIV/STD transmission. She took the initiative to develop a research program on the role of families in preventing and adapting to HIV/AIDS and chairs the only annual international research conference on families and HIV/AIDS. She co-edited the book on this program of research entitled, Working with Families in the Era of AIDS. Dr. Pequegnat initiated and is co-editor of How to Write a Successful Research Grant Application: A Guide for Social and Behavioral Scientists,2ndedition, Community Interventions and AIDS, and From Child Sexual Abuse to Adult Sexual Risk: Trauma, Revictimization, and Intervention. She has developed three special issues of AIDS and one of JAIDS. She plans and implements national and international workshops, conferences, and symposia on HIV/STD, and represents NIMH on science policy-making committees and work groups in the Public Health System on a broad range of HIV/STD issues.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Family and HIV/AIDS
  • Book Subtitle Cultural and Contextual Issues in Prevention and Treatment
  • Editors Willo Pequegnat
    Carl Bell
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4614-0438-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4899-9992-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4614-0439-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 364
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Maternal and Child Health
    Social Work
    Psychotherapy and Counseling
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From the reviews:

“The ultimate purpose is to encourage researchers and providers to understand the utility of applying family-oriented approaches to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. … A wide variety of professionals engaged in HIV/AIDS care, medical doctors, social workers, researchers, and outreach workers among others, would find this book helpful in planning effective interventions and further promoting relevant research agendas with family systems in mind. … For interdisciplinary teams involved with families and HIV/AIDS care, this book serves as a valuable addition to culturally informed discourse.” (Lisa D. Zerden, Doody’s Review Service, April, 2012)