The Family and Medical Illness

  • Kalman Flomenhaft
Part of the The Downstate Series of Research in Psychiatry and Psychology book series (DSRPP, volume 4)


Society’s current interest in the family stems from a variety of forces including political, economic, and social. No doubt, the rise of many alternative family styles and the decline of the traditional family structure of father as breadwinner, mother as full-time homemaker, and two-plus children generates this interest. The traditional family, even the entire concept of the family, has been assaulted and battered, and its extinction, altogether, has been predicted (Cooper, 1971). Nevertheless, there appears to be more and more concern to assist and support the family, whatever the structure, to meet the increasing challenges and responsibilities being placed on it.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kalman Flomenhaft
    • 1
  1. 1.Downstate Medical Center-Kings County HospitalBrooklynUSA

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