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Health Management in Families

  • By: Jorie M. Butler
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Family relationships provide an important framework for health, as families can influence an individual's health behavior, health habits, and health management. This entry examines the management of health in families, focusing on health behaviors, management in chronic illness, and interventions for successful health management in families.

Healthy Families and Health Behaviors

Health behaviors are influenced by the family in multiple ways. In addition to genetic predispositions, family members learn health behavior through modeling, and engagement in many health behaviors (including risk behaviors, health protective behaviors, and illness management) is related to the quality of relationships among family members. Individual health habits are often consistent across family members in generally healthy families (e.g., unaffected by chronic illness). Among married couples, consumption of dietary fat, alcohol use, smoking behavior, ...

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