The Effect of a Child’s Chronic Illness on the Family

  • Michael B. Rothenberg
Part of the The Downstate Series of Research in Psychiatry and Psychology book series (DSRPP, volume 4)


Chronic illness in children may cause a disturbance in what may be called the “psychosocial metabolism” of the entire family. The baseline, homeostatic state of the family’s psychosocial metabolism will often be shifted by the child’s chronic illness. This conceptualization can be examined in two major areas: (a) The affective issues for the child and his family, and (b) The socioeconomic and physical environmental issues for the entire family.


Chronic Illness Entire Family Comprehensive Care Section VIII Care Quarter 
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  1. Stein, R.E.K. and Riessman, C.K. The Development of an Impact-on-Family Scale: Preliminary Findings. Medical Care 18 (4), pp. 465–472, 1980.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael B. Rothenberg
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  1. 1.University of Washington School of MedicineSeattleUSA

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