Abnormal Illness Behaviour: A Review of the Concept and its Implications

  • Issy Pilowsky


Patients presenting with illness behaviours which are not congruent with the objective evidence for the presence of illness may be suffering from psychopathologically-based illness behaviour, i.e., “abnormal” illness behaviour. The relevant terms are defined, and the implications for the medical care system are discussed in this chapter.


Personality Disorder Illness Behaviour Medical Psychology Medical Care System Somatization Disorder 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Issy Pilowsky
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryThe University of AdelaideAustralia

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