Coping with Chronic Illness
Theories, Issues and Lived Experiences
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This valuable book combines psychological theories of health with the lived experience of coping with chronic health conditions, focusing on the ‘ill person’ as an actor of their own development. It draws on perspectives from developmental and health psychology alongside the author’s personal experience of chronic illness.
Bonino considers all aspects of living with illness, from issues that impact on everyday functioning such as pain and fatigue, to the rebuilding of identity through meaningful new goals and effective actions, and the development of therapeutic relationships. Psychological theories are interweaved with descriptions of lived encounters to centre the experience of the person living alongside illness and provide insightful points of reference that everyone could try to use when facing the challenges of chronic disease in the course of their daily lives.
Coping with Chronic Illness is important reading for those living with chronic health conditions, as well as for healthcare professionals looking to gain awareness of the psychological issues caused by living with illness. It is also of interest for postgraduate students of health psychology.
Table of Contents
Table of contents
Preface for this edition
Why this book
Healthy and ill: equal and different
Beyond the myth of perfect health
Protagonist of one’s own development
Protagonist of one’s own development in chronic disease
Self-efficacy: the exercise of control
Coping with stress
It is all your fault
Mourning and loss
Optimism and happiness
Logical thought magical thought
Telling the story of one’s illness
The therapeutic relationship
The patient between statistical logic and clinical logic
Us and the others
Between visible and invisible
Life and death
Diagnosis: confronting the truth
«I want to do it on my own»
Being ill in the Internet age
And life goes on
Parents and children
Silvia Bonino is Professor Emeritus of Developmental Psychology at the department of psychology of the University of Turin (Italy), where she founded the Laboratory of Developmental Psychology. She is the author of Nature and culture in intimate partner violence: Sex, Love and Equality, (Routledge, 2018).