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Human Responses to Cancer: An Ecological Approach

  • David M. Kaplan
Part of the The Downstate Series of Research in Psychiatry and Psychology book series (DSRPP, volume 5)

Abstract

For those of us who have had personal or professional experience with cancer patients and their families, it is clear that this diagnosis precipitates a number of serious psychosocial problems. These problems may be resolved, mitigated, or aggravated as the result of a complex process of adaptation involving the patient, family and the health care system. The thesis of this presentation is that the problems associated with cancer, if treated early as problems of adaptation, will respond to interventions specifically designed for them. Problems of adaptation are likely to become ingrained personality difficulties if they are not treated promptly with appropriate brief interventions.

Keywords

Breast Cancer Psychosocial Problem Ecological Approach Leukemic Child Stress Behavior 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • David M. Kaplan
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  1. 1.Stanford University Medical CenterStanfordUSA

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