1st Edition

Coping with Chronic Illness
Theories, Issues and Lived Experiences




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ISBN 9780367421526
December 20, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
196 Pages

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Book Description

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

I

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

II

Why me?

Finding meaning

Reconstructing identity

Self-efficacy: the exercise of control

Stress

Coping with stress

III

It is all your fault

Pain

Fatigue

Depression

Mourning and loss

Optimism and happiness

Logical thought magical thought

Telling the story of one’s illness

IV

The therapeutic relationship

Trust

Empathy

The patient between statistical logic and clinical logic

Alternative medicine

Confidentiality

V

Us and the others

Between visible and invisible

Solitude

Attachments

Work

Life and death

VI

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

 

Bibliography

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Author(s)

Biography

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).