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Addressing the psychological needs of families of food-allergic children.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18589837     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The increase in food allergies among US children has led to greater awareness of the psychological impact on their families. A variety of negative effects can result from both the daily strain of food-allergy management and the constant vigilance and fear that this condition engenders. Most of these effects are normal and expected responses to having a child with a demanding condition filled with uncertainties. However, a small but substantial proportion of families living with childhood food allergy experience significant psychological distress and/or maladaptive coping responses that interfere with the child's psychological and social development and family members' optimal functioning. Health care providers must be aware of the psychological challenges these families face, understand their role in helping families to achieve positive adaptation, and know when to encourage families to seek psychoeducational guidance.
Mary D Klinnert; Jane L Robinson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current allergy and asthma reports     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1529-7322     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Allergy Asthma Rep     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-30     Completed Date:  2008-07-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101096440     Medline TA:  Curr Allergy Asthma Rep     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  195-200     Citation Subset:  IM    
National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, CO 80206, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Anxiety / etiology
Family / psychology*
Food Hypersensitivity / psychology*
Quality of Life
Self Care
Social Adjustment

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