In Sickness and in Play: Children Coping with Chronic Illness / Edition 1

In Sickness and in Play: Children Coping with Chronic Illness / Edition 1

by Cindy Dell Clark
     
 


For children who live with a chronic illness, each day is filled with endless treatments, painful symptoms, confusion, and embarrassment. How can an eight-year old girl understand diabetes let alone explain to her schoolmates why she has to leave class to have her blood tested? How can the father of a child with asthma ever sleep soundly through the night with the… See more details below

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For children who live with a chronic illness, each day is filled with endless treatments, painful symptoms, confusion, and embarrassment. How can an eight-year old girl understand diabetes let alone explain to her schoolmates why she has to leave class to have her blood tested? How can the father of a child with asthma ever sleep soundly through the night with the fear that his son may suffocate in the next room.In In Sickness and in Play, Cindy Dell Clark tells the stories of children who suffer from two common illnesses that are often underestimated by those not directly touched by them—asthma and diabetes. She describes how play, humor, and other expressive methods, invented by the kids themselves, allow families to cope with the pain. Clark’s work is one of the few studies to focus on maladies that kids must learn to live with rather than die from. Her interviews with forty-six families give readers an understanding of how children comprehend their illnesses and how parents struggle daily to care for their kids while trying to give them a “normal” childhood. Chronically ill children are at a greater risk of developing mental health or social adjustment problems than their peers, and asthma has been gaining ground in both incidence and fatality in recent years. Clark’s eye-opening work emphasizes the importance of improving the lives of these kids by understanding their perspectives, both imagined and real.In Sickness and in Play is part of the Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies edited by Myra Bluebond-Langer.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813532707
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
07/16/2003
Series:
The Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2Juvenile Diabetes6
Ch. 3Enduring Childhood Asthma43
Ch. 4Imaginal Coping91
Ch. 5Children, Culture, and Coping139
App. AFreeing Children's Voices145
App. BA Primer for Adults161
Notes167
Selected Bibliography197
Index219

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