Special Issue: HIV/AIDS and Employment: The Continuing Challenge

Work, Volume 27, Number 3 / October 2006
Guest Editors: Brent Braveman, Gary Kielhofner

The papers included in this issue represent a range of topics. A review article attempts to address the major medical, psychological and psychosocial challenges related to living long-term with HIV/AIDS. A second review provides an overview of literature related to the employment needs, challenges and services provided thus far to persons living with HIV/AIDS.

Two articles discuss work and independent living programs in supportive care facilities. Two other contributions explore issues related to the relationship between demographic, health and other variables and the process and outcomes of seeking employment. Two papers explore issues related to the relationship between demographic, health and other variables and the process and outcomes of seeking employment.

Three articles by groups of occupational therapists explore the usefulness of occupational therapy assessments in understanding the experiences and challenges faced by persons living with HIV/AIDS. The editors have also chosen to include an article that focuses on women who have been victims of domestic violence (and are not necessarily living with HIV/AIDS). The authors report results of a two year qualitative study that explored worker role identity development of seven women with disabilities who experienced domestic violence. While this study focused on a different population than the other studies reflected in this issue, the experiences of service providers and the study participants are similar to those of staff and residents in facilities for persons living with HIV/AIDS and therefore we chose to include this article in this special edition. Two final articles present the results of qualitative studies focused on returning to work.

Table of Contents:

Guest Editorial: HIV/AIDS and employment: The continuing challenge
Brent Braveman and Gary Kielhofner

Returning to work with HIV/AIDS: A qualitative study
David J. Martin, M. Jillisa Steckart, Paul G. Arns

Workforce reentry for people with HIV/AIDS: Intervention effects and predictors of success
David J. Martin, Paul G. Arns, Philip J. Batterham, Abdelmonem A. Afifi, M. Jillisa Steckart

Work status, benefits, and financial resources among people with HIV/AIDS
Lisa A. Razzano, Marie M. Hamilton, Judith K. Perloff

In-house work opportunities: Implications for housing organizations serving persons living With HIV/AIDS
Brad E. Egan and Joanne Hoagland

Impairments and perceived competence in persons living with HIV/AIDS
Navaraj Anandan, Brent Braveman, Gary Kielhofner, Kirsty Forsyth

Occupational identity, occupational competence and occupational settings (environment): Influences on return to work in men living with HIV/AIDS
Brent Braveman, Gary Kielhofner, Gary Albrecht, Christine Helfrich

Living long-term with HIV/AIDS: Exploring impact in psychosocial and vocational domains
Charlene J. Vetter and James P. Donnelly

Interdisciplinary staff perceptions of an occupational therapy return to work program for people living with AIDS
Patricia Bowyer, Gary Kielhofner, Brent Braveman

HIV/AIDS and return to work: A literature review one-decade post-introduction of combination therapy (HAART)
Brent Braveman, Mara Levin, Gary Kielhofner, Marcia Finlayson

Return to work for individuals with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) disease: Dichotomous outcome variable or personally-constructed narrative challenge?
Scott Presnell

Psychometric properties of the Worker Role Interview
Kirsty Forsyth, Brent Braveman, Gary Kielhofner, Elin Ekbladh, Lena Haglund, Kristjana Fenger, Jessica Keller

Worker role identity development of women with disabilities who experience domestic violence
Christine A. Helfrich, Chaula Badiani, Emily K. Simpson