The recognition and management of psychological problems among child and adolescent with chronic and fatal disease
Erdogan, A. (2008) The recognition and management of psychological problems among child and adolescent with chronic and fatal disease. Anatolian Journal of Psychiatry (Anadolu Psikiyatri Dergisi), 9 (4). pp. 244-252. ISSN 1302-6631
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The child with a serious medical illness is at greater risk for developing emotional problems. Unlike a child with a temporary sickness, the child with a chronic illness must cope with knowing that the disease is here to stay and may even get worse. The children are hurt emotionally by the uncertainty about illness and treatment. Chronic illness also affects psychological health of their parents. Hence, in addition to the physical aspects it is necessary also, to focus on the psychological health of the child and their parents in order to ensure compliance and thus treat the child comprehensively. It is important to develop a supportive communication with the child and his family for the sake of treatment and effective interventions. To meet children’s needs for information and support in health care settings, it is necessary to understand the children’s level of understanding about the illness, hospitalization process, and death. The purpose of this paper was to review the information on the recognition and management of the psychological problems that accompany chronic physical illnesses in children and adolescents. Also in this paper the information of children's level of understanding about the illness, hospitalization process and death are reviewed.
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