Coping with Physical Illness

2: New Perspectives

  • Rudolf H. Moos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rudolf H. Moos, Jeanne A. Schaefer
      Pages 3-25
  3. The Crisis of Illness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-31
    2. Frederick Mandell, Elizabeth McAnulty, Robert M. Reece
      Pages 51-60
  4. The Crisis of Illness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-65
    2. Yehuda Nir, Bonnie Maslin
      Pages 67-77
    3. Judith A. Ritchie
      Pages 79-92
    4. Dianne Fochtman
      Pages 93-100
  5. The Crisis of Illness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-105
    2. Avery D. Weisman
      Pages 107-122
    3. Judith B. Sanders, Carl G. Kardinal
      Pages 123-130
    4. Alice Stewart Trillin
      Pages 131-138
  6. The Crisis of Illness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-143
    2. Denton C. Buchanan, Carolyn J. LaBarbera, Robert Roelofs, William Olson
      Pages 145-158
    3. Martha Cleveland
      Pages 159-171
    4. Sharon Price Aadalen, Florence Stroebel-Kahn
      Pages 173-188
  7. The Crisis of Treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-194

About this book


This book provides new ideas about how patients and their fami­ lies cope with serious health crises. Biomedical knowledge has expanded abruptly in the past decade during which time diag­ nostic and treatment procedures have become unusually specific and effective. Similarly, important advances have taken place in our understanding of the central role of psychosocial factors in health and illness. Recent trends have sparked the formulation of useful concepts of coping skills and social resources and have empha­ sized the value of an active assertive role for patients in the pro­ cess of obtaining health care. The emergence of subspecialties such as behavioral medicine and health psychology has stimulated renewed interest in these areas. Moreover, the growth of holistic medicine and a biopsychosocial orientation highlights the contri­ bution of a psychosocial perspective in an integrated framework for providing health care. To cover these diverse trends, I offer a unified conceptual approach for understanding the process of coping with the crisis of physical illness and identifying the underlying adaptive tasks and domains of coping skills involved in this process. The first half of the book covers coping with selected health crises, such as birth defects and perinatal death, childhood and adult cancer, and chronic physical disabilities.


Syndrom care coping health hospital intensive care leukemia medicine nutrition oncology psychology psychosocial factors stress syndromes treatment

Editors and affiliations

  • Rudolf H. Moos
    • 1
  1. 1.Veterans Administration Medical CenterStanford UniversityPalo AltoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-4774-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-4772-9
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