ERIC Number: ED306495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-17
Assisting Families in the Management of Children with Chronic Illness.
Scanlon, Catherine; And Others
This document notes that chronic illness has replaced infectious disease as the primary health concern facing industrial nations today, and that care for the chronically ill necessarily focuses on management rather than cure and takes place more in the home than in the hospital. It presents a family functioning model for understanding a family functioning around a child's chronic illness, placing special emphasis on the family's meaning process. The model described depicts family functioning as involving six factors in continuous interface with one another in an ongoing cycle. According to this family functioning model, family demands, resources, and meanings combine to produce responses which are either helpful or unhelpful; helpful responses feed back to become additional resources while unhelpful resources become demands. A second model, the Family Intervention Model, is based on the first model and is presented here to help clarify the counselor's tolls in impacting family functioning. This model proposes that, for good family functioning, an intervention model must involve family leadership as a legitimate goal for productive intervention. Types of intervention discussed include supportive, informational, behavioral, cognitive, affective, and historical interventions. A case study involving a family with a chronically ill child is described to illustrate both the family functioning and the family intervention models. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Boston, MA, March 15-18, 1989).