Family Rehabilitation in Chronic Illness

  • U. Gerhardt
Conference paper


The sociological literature on chronic illness focusses on the issue that a “re-designing of life-styles” is essential for successful rehabilitation. My main proposition is that rehabilitation is a family process which leads to changes in a family’s role composition and way of life. The hypothesis is raised that differences in family rehabilitation are conducive to differences in the quality of life with chronic illness and, moreover, that the prospect of survival depends on the quality of the newly found equilibrium, or disequilibrium, in the family’s role structure.


Male Dominanee Male Dominance Composite Type Successful Rehabilitation Home Dialysis 
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