Pastoral care and AIDS: Assessing the stress and satisfaction from caring for persons with AIDS

Joseph R. Ferrari*, Leonard A. Jason, Doreen Salina

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Abstract

Members from religious communities in New York City (17 men, 8 women) who volunteer pastoral care to persons with AIDS completed and returned through the mail the (AIDS) Caregiver Scale and the Attitudes toward AIDS Scale. Results indicated that satisfaction from providing care was related to pastoral training, an understanding of the spiritual nature of death, and a positive attitude toward persons with AIDS. Self-reported stress from providing care was inversely related to pastoral training to deal with death. The pastoral volunteers also reported greater satisfaction and lower stress from caregiving than volunteer “buddies” from upstate New York.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-110
Number of pages12
JournalPastoral Psychology
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Religious studies
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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