Pt. I. Current status -- Ch. 1. Client power resources -- Ch. 2. Analysis of coping with illness -- Ch. 3. Development of the concept of powerlessness: a nursing diagnosis -- Pt. II. Vulnerabilities across the life span -- Ch. 4. Stress and coping: psychoneuroimmunology -- Ch. 5. Chronic sorrow in long-term illness across the life span -- Ch. 6. Courage in young adults with long-term health concerns -- Ch. 7. Middlescent obese women: overcoming powerlessness -- Ch. 8. Powerlessness in elderly persons: preventing hopelessness
Pt. III. Coping with specific chronic health problems -- Ch. 9. Powerlessness in persons with end-stage renal disease -- Ch. 10. Profiles of locus of control and coping in persons with peripheral vascular disease -- Ch. 11. Energy deficits in chronically ill persons with arthritis: fatigue -- Ch. 12. Adjustment, coping resources, and care of the client with multiple sclerosis -- Ch. 13. Coping with chronic lung disease: maintaining quality of life -- Ch. 14. Empowering persons affected by acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
Pt. IV. Selected nursing strategies -- Ch. 15. Literature: a dimension of nursing therapeutics -- Ch. 16. Imagery as a means of coping -- Ch. 17. Facilitating behavior change in chronically ill persons -- Ch. 18. Enhancing self-esteem -- Ch. 19. Inspiring hope.