The care of chronically ill children has not been strongly emphasized in the training of many physicians who care for children. These patients and their families may receive at least some of their care from physicians (and other professionals) who are not fully aware of the effects of chronic illness on a child and on his family's functioning.
This book is primarily a source of help for such families, and contains both information on the meaning of illness and disability to children of all ages, and well-defined approaches for dealing with the resultant stresses on both child and family. This is not to minimize the value of this book to anyone who deals with children who have a chronic disease.
The book consists of nine chapters. Five cover the impact of chronic illness by age groups: infant and toddler, early childhood, midchildhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Three chapters deal with some