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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ileana Ungureanu, MD, PhD (Adler School of Professional Psychology)
Description: This book addresses pertinent and current issues related to the psychological and social aspects of living with different illnesses and disabilities. The subject is analyzed from several perspectives: historical, personal and family impact, interventions, and new directions.
Purpose: According to the authors, the purpose of this new edition is to address special topics and issues characteristic of today's world, while maintaining the quality information from the previous edition.
Audience: This book is written with the needs of rehabilitation counselor students and practitioners in mind. It is useful for other healthcare professionals as well, such as medical family therapists, mental health professionals working in hospitals or primary care settings, or medical professionals interested in this subject.
Features: It addresses the psychosocial issues of illness and disability, while adding some new topics. Some of the highlights of this edition include preparedness for terrorist incidents, the obesity epidemic, psychosocial issues of women with disabilities, and compassion fatigue and burnout of mental health professionals.
Assessment: This edition focuses more on the social aspects of disability than previous editions and adds an important international perspective on illness and disability. The personal narratives help bring the real world of people who are suffering to the forefront of the scientific discourse.