Emotional Responses to Physical Illness

  • Adriaan Verwoerdt
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 6)


The psychological responses to physical illness include coping and defense mechanisms as well as emotional reactions experienced as `feelings’. The type and intensity of these somatopsychic reactions depend on the interaction of many factors, which can be grouped into three categories: (1) stresses pertinent to the physical illness per se; (2) characteristics of the ‘host’ and (3) situational factors. Processes of interaction among the foregoing factors may be considered as yet another category.


Body Image Emotional Response Adult Child Physical Illness Psychological Response 


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