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Chronic Health Problems and Interventions for the Childrearing Family

  • By: Jacqueline Lytle Gonzalez & Laura Mendoza Hernandez
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

There is a growing prevalence of children who have chronic health conditions. In the United States alone, the number of children with chronic health problems—and the challenges that they and their families encounter—has been on the incline for the past several decades. The diagnosis of a chronic illness is devastating to a parent. The challenges are substantial for the childrearing family who has a child with chronic health problems. The Social Security Administration indicates that the number of children who receive social security income (SSI) has increased threefold to 1 million in 2005 from 275,000 in 1986. In 1960, only a small percentage of U.S. children, 1.8%, had limiting conditions. From among the many childhood illnesses that contribute to chronic health care conditions, James Perrin ...

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