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the Experience of Acute Illness in Childhood
The experience of acute illness in childhood

In Part II of this book, the focus turns to explore psychosocial issues of relevance to acute and chronic illness in childhood, as well as the effect of parental ill health on a child's well-being. In this chapter, I start by considering the experience of acute illness during childhood and adolescence. Being ill, whatever the condition, is a stressor in itself, at a biological, psychological and social level. From symptom onset through diagnosis, treatment and follow-up effects, key components of stress, including unpredictability, uncontrollability and fear ...

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