Jack Hegrenes

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Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

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1 online resource (99 p.)


Sick children -- psychology, Brothers and sisters, Parent and child




In an effort to prevent serious psychological damage to individuals and families due to illness or disability, professionals in the health field have studied every aspect of one's health. From the "traumatic violence" of birth to the painful complexities of death and dying, the emotional health of human beings has been observed, recorded and analysed. Despite the breadth of this voluminous research, one area of interest merits more thorough study and evaluation. In order to more fully understand the intricacies of health and illness we need to know more about the effect one seriously ill child has upon the emotional health of his or her siblings.

This study was conducted to gather more information about this important area of human experience. The focus was specifically aimed at the interaction between the parents of a sick child and his or her siblings.


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