• James BinderEmail author
Part of the Current Clinical Practice book series (CCP)


Less than 50 years ago since Wynne and Singer published a study connecting poor outcome in schizophrenia with living in a family marred by hostility and conflict [1]. Today, research has established that patients with diabetes, asthma, and other physical conditions do worse in the context of a critical or harsh family environment [2]. Critical and rejecting environments lead to poorer outcomes: nurturing environments improve the health of family members. Families can help clarify a problem or situation, encourage lifestyle changes, promote adherence to treatment recommendations, and even impact the actual physiology of a medical condition [3].


Social Anxiety Eating Disorder Social History Family Life Cycle Family Visit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Marshall University School of MedicineHuntingtonUSA

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