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State Recognition Of Same-Sex Relationships And Preparations For End Of Life Among Lesbian And Gay Boomers, Brian Devries, Anne Mason, Jean Quam, Kimberly D. Acquaviva Mar 2009

State Recognition Of Same-Sex Relationships And Preparations For End Of Life Among Lesbian And Gay Boomers, Brian Devries, Anne Mason, Jean Quam, Kimberly D. Acquaviva

Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW

The authors compared 793 nonheterosexual baby boomers on their relationship status (single or in a civil union) and the state in which they lived (did or did not recognize same-sex civil unions). Analyses revealed patterns attributable to participants’ relationship status, state recognition, and the combination of these variables. Findings showed that state recognition of same-sex unions has an impact not only on nonheterosexual individuals’ current quality of life but also on their future plans and emotional responses to those plans. A lack of legal recognition requires nonheterosexuals to take greater action to ensure that their end-of-life wishes will be carried ...


Benefits Of Training Family Caregivers, Jung Kwak, Jennifer Salmon, Kimberly D. Acquaviva, Katherine Brandt Apr 2007

Benefits Of Training Family Caregivers, Jung Kwak, Jennifer Salmon, Kimberly D. Acquaviva, Katherine Brandt

Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW

during the last years of life that focuses on the emotional, spiritual, and practical aspects of life and relationship completion and closure. This study evaluated the effectiveness of CGLE in improving three major outcomes: comfort with caregiving, closure, and caregiver gain. Family caregivers (n = 2,025) participated in programs facilitated by health and human service professionals (n = 142) who completed a CGLE train-the-trainer workshop conducted by The Hospice Institute of the Florida Suncoast. The caregivers completed training rosters and pre- and/or post-surveys. Group differences are reported in baseline characteristics and change in three outcomes for caregivers who completed 1 ...


Working With Lgbt Clients: Strategies For Geriatric Care Managers, Kimberly D. Acquaviva Jan 2007

Working With Lgbt Clients: Strategies For Geriatric Care Managers, Kimberly D. Acquaviva

Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW

No abstract provided.


Screening, Diagnosis, And Treatment Of Depression In Patients With End-Stage Renal Disease, Scott D. Cohen, Lorenzo Norris, Kimberly D. Acquaviva, Rolf A. Peterson, Paul L. Kimmel Jan 2007

Screening, Diagnosis, And Treatment Of Depression In Patients With End-Stage Renal Disease, Scott D. Cohen, Lorenzo Norris, Kimberly D. Acquaviva, Rolf A. Peterson, Paul L. Kimmel

Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW

Depression is common in patients with end-stage renal disease and has been linked to increased mortality. Screening for depression in the general medical population remains controversial; however, given the high prevalence of depression and its significant impact on morbidity and mortality, a strong case for depression screening in patients with end-stage renal disease can be made. Several studies have been performed to validate the more common depression screening measures in patients with chronic kidney disease. The Beck Depression Inventory, the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression, the Nine-Question Patient Health Questionnaire, and the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale are some ...


Validation Of The Caregiving At Life’S End Questionnaire, Jennifer R. Salmon, Jung Kwak, Kimberly D. Acquaviva, Kathleen A. Egan, Katherine E. Brandt May 2005

Validation Of The Caregiving At Life’S End Questionnaire, Jennifer R. Salmon, Jung Kwak, Kimberly D. Acquaviva, Kathleen A. Egan, Katherine E. Brandt

Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW

The researchers in this study developed and validated a questionnaire to measure the needs of end-of-life (EOL) caregivers. The model is used to facilitate meaningful and supportive experiences for both the patient and caregiver. The questionnaire was developed using existing scales of meaning, self acceptance, burden, and gain as well as new scales of caregiver comfort, importance of caregiving tasks, and caregiver closure. The sample included 34 current and 17 bereaved caregivers affiliated with The Hospice Institute of the Florida Suncoast. The scales performed well in terms of concurrent validity, internal consistency, and reliability.


Transformative Aspects Of Caregiving At Life's End, Jennifer Salmon, Jung Kwak, Kimberly D. Acquaviva, Katherine Brandt, Kathleen Egan Feb 2005

Transformative Aspects Of Caregiving At Life's End, Jennifer Salmon, Jung Kwak, Kimberly D. Acquaviva, Katherine Brandt, Kathleen Egan

Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW

We do not know to what extent the needs of caregivers involved with patients at the end of life are being met by care providers and whether caregiving at life’s end can be a positive experience. We used the Hospice Experience Model of Care as a framework for understanding the effect of transformative tasks on caregiving at life’s end. We compared current and bereaved caregivers and then, holding background characteristics constant, tested the independent effects of three transformative mediators: self-acceptance, meaning, and closure, as well as comfort with caregiving on several stressors when explaining differences in caregiver burden ...