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Child Health Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Perspective is the first sole-authored textbook dedicated to the topic of health psychology as it applies to children and adolescents, drawing on research from several related disciplines including psychoneuroimmunology and developmental psychobiology. With an overarching biopsychosocial lifespan perspective, Turner-Cobb examines the effects of early life experience on health outcomes, as well as covering the experience of acute and chronic illness during childhood. Lots of helpful aids are provided per chapter including key learning objectives, textboxes putting spotlights on key pieces of research, lists of key concepts to revise, useful websites and further reading suggestions.

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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