African American Women's Health and Social Issues

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - Health & Fitness - 218 pages
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Written by a team of experts that includes doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and chemists, this handbook focuses on the diseases that pose the greatest threat to African American women today. Topics include African American women and heart disease, sickle cell, breast cancer, diabetes, HIV and AIDS, as well as mental illness. Social issues that affect health are also examined, including poverty, homelessness, stress, racism, sexism, and treatment disparities. Two thirds of the chapters are all-new with fresh topics and information, and the remaining chapters have been completely updated.

 

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Contents

1 African American Women and Heart Disease
12
2 Breast Cancer in African American Women
36
3 Understanding Sickle Cell Disease in African American Women
46
Whats Going On? Insights for Women
65
5 Diabetes and African American Women
82
Confronting the Health Risk Factors
93
7 Social Construction and Social Transmission of HIVAIDS
109
Sojourning the African American Woman and the AIDS Pandemic
130
9 African American Women and Depression
142
Caught in a Web of Poverty
158
Paving the Way to Informed Consent
177
Seeking Health Seeking Self
189
A Literary Perspective
199
Index
211
About the Editor and Contributors
215
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Catherine Fisher Collins, PhD, is associate professor of Community and Human Services at State University at New York Empire State College. She is a nurse practitioner and holds a doctorate in Education Administration.

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