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Life with chronic illness: social and psychological dimensions

Опубликовано на портале: 28-11-2006
Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers, 1998

Many healthcare professionals are focusing their concerns on controlling symptoms and minimizing physical distress while failing to deal with the social and psychological factors related to living with long-term chronic illness. Ariela Royer makes an important contribution to the study of health and illness behavior by showing the various strategies chronically ill people use to manage their symptoms and overcome the consequences of their particular illness, so they can live the most normal life possible and maintain their self-esteem. In spite of the popular belief linking chronic illness mainly to aging, most chronic problems extend across the life span. The author shows various strategies the chronically ill may use to live with the uncertainty inherent in chronic illness. She also discusses how one might try to overcome or to minimize the salient social consequences of chronic illness, such as stigma and social isolation, in order to get on with their lives.


Preface

ix.

Acknowledgments

xv.

Introduction: Chronic Illness: An Overview

 

1.

Part I. Characteristics and Consequences of Chronic Illness

19.

1. Uncertainty: A Key Characteristic of Chronic Illness

41.

2. The Stigma of Chronic Illness

53.

3. Social Isolation: A Major Consequence

 

65.

Part II. Managing Chronic Illness: Adaptation 

75.

4. Adaptation as Distinguished from Coping

81.

5. Factors Influencing Adaptation

 

85.

Part III. Living with Chronic Illness: Normalization

101.

6. Factors Affecting Normalization

111.

7. Behavioral Strategies of Normalization

121.

8. Cognitive Strategies of Normalization

 

131.

Part IV. Crucial Dilemma for Chronically Ill Persons

145.

9. The Struggle for Identity: Lessons from the Chronically Ill

157.

10. Needed Changes for Health Care

 

167.

Bibliography 

177.

Index

 

 

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