Treatment for the chronically ill has traditionally focused on physical factors and symptoms, despite the fact that chronic illness also affects life in an emotional and spiritual way. The approach toward treatment described in this volume addresses all aspects of a patient's life, including their interpersonal experiences and relationships, presenting family therapists and family physicians as part of the same treatment team. This volume thus provides a foundation for understanding the role illness plays in family systems.
The meaning an individual gives to an illness is profoundly influenced by and influences that person's social world. In turn, social culture and social networks both shape and are shaped by the individual's experiences. Exploring how the meaning of chronic illness is defined tells us much about the individual's interpersonal relations and the resultant meaning given to the person's illness. As a consequence, family therapy must be an integral part of the treatment plan for chronically ill patients .
Family Therapy and Chronic Illness approaches chronic illness from a leading-edge perspective. This approach enables therapists to listen attentively to complicated narratives. Because these stories, feelings, and emotions are difficult to describe, the clients have demanding "telling" tasks while therapists have demanding "listening" tasks. This book sends an important message not just about the chronically ill, but also about their families, therapists, and doctors, and how they can work together to develop the best treatment plan possible.
Table of Contents
1 The Stories of Chronic Illness: Narrative Roles and Family Therapy -Concetta Gallo
2 Chronic Illness and the Family Meaning System Joan D. Atwood and Estelle Weinstein
3 Chronic Illness, Disability, Secondary Conditions, and the Culturally Diverse Family -Daniel W. Wong and Lucy Wong Hernandez
4 The Changing American Family: The View from Social Texts -E. Doyle McCarthy and Sandra Farganis
5 A Social Constructionist Approach to Therapy with Couples with a Chronic Illness -Joan D. Atwood and Laura Jean Dreher
6 Chronic Illness: An Inquiry into Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome from a Place of Uncertainty -Mary E. Canzoneri
7 A Family Case Study on Mindfulness-Based Family Therapy for Chronic Co-Occurring Disorders: Chronic Stress, Chronic Anxiety, and Chronic Pain -Anthony R. Quintiliani
8 Family Therapy for Adult Children Caregivers and Their Families -Corinne Kyriacou
9 The Chronically Ill and End-of-Life Care -Jayne Gassman