Studies of Family Adaptational Responses to a Specific Threat

  • Edward H. Futterman


Observing, describing, and defining the complex interaction of adaptational processes over time has characterized our work with the families of dying children. In this paper I will be scrutinizing the process of the research itself and its evolution over time, recounting how we confronted the tasks, dilemmas, and challenges involved in studying the families of fatally ill children. The poignancy in the plight of these families motivated us, stimulated us, and engaged us in a more intensive examination of their coping than we might have made if the stakes were not so high. Our shared response to the ultimate fate of the child influenced our research strategies, including the fluctuations in our approaches and avoidances.


Cystic Fibrosis Family Response Family Adaptation Fatal Illness Specific Threat 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward H. Futterman
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Clifford W. Beers Guidance ClinicNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Yale University Child Study Center and Department of PsychiatryNew HavenUSA

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