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ERIC Number: EJ851681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0312-5033
Life after the Shock! The Impact on Families of Caring for Young Children with Chronic Illness
Ashton, Jean
Australian Journal of Early Childhood, v29 n1 p22-26 Mar 2004
The stresses experienced by most families include limitations on time, conditions of employment, financial burdens and sibling rivalry. For the families of a child with a chronic illness, these stresses are often compounded, making family functioning problematic. Chronic illness is marked by permanency and the need for ongoing vigilance with respect to management, treatment and care (Curtin & Lubkin, 1995). A chronic illness generally persists for more than three months in a year and may require periods of hospitalisation (Thompson & Gustafson, 1996). Research has shown that the way families and the children themselves manage chronic illness in the home is contingent on a range of factors. This paper outlines some of the difficulties and explores some of the factors impacting on children with chronic illness and their families. Finally, it looks at early education, noting its particular benefit in helping families "normalise" daily life as much as possible.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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