Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 179–197 | Cite as

Depression and childhood illness

  • Martha Gizynski
  • Vivian B. Shapiro


Childhood depression as a component of the impact of childhood illness or developmental impairment on the latency age child is studied in relation to three diagnostic groups: children with asthma, cancer, and psychiatric diagnoses of behavioral disorders. The study revealed a range of coping styles to deal with the anxiety, loss and feelings induced by the specific crises. The special dimensions of stress and coping adaptations affected the child's developing self concept, the separation individuation process and the child-parent relationships. Depressive symptoms were variously present within and between the three groups of children.


Asthma Depressive Symptom Social Psychology Special Dimension Psychiatric Diagnosis 
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© Human Sciences Press 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martha Gizynski
    • 1
  • Vivian B. Shapiro
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Department of Community Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical SchoolMenhattanUSA

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