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.
Chapter 7: the Experience of Chronic Illness in Childhood
the Experience of Chronic Illness in Childhood
Defining Chronic Illness
The definition of chronic illness is not as simple as it may at first appear. In Chapter 6, we considered the characteristics of acute illness, and in this chapter, I contrast these characteristics with those of chronic illness, as highlighted in Table 7.1.
The overriding characteristic that distinguishes acute from chronic illness is the time course of symptoms. Chronic illness is usually characterized by ...