"The Chronically Ill Child" by Audrey T. McCollum

The Chronically Ill Child A Guide for Parents and Professionals Audrey T. McCollum

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
10 Sep 1981
ISBN:
9780300027822
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
288 pages: 235 x 156 x 19mm

This humane and sensitive book gives practical advice and support to parents of chronically ill children and to those involved with their care.  Audrey McCollum deals sensitively with both the physical and emotional difficulties these children face at each stage of their development as well as the unique pressures encountered by their families.  She focuses on ways to meet these challenges and to make the ill child’s quality of life as meaningful as possible. 

 

First published in 1975 as Coping with Prolonged Health Impairment in Your Child, this revised enlarged edition contains a new chapter dealing with the problems of these children as they grow into adulthood. 

 

Reviews of the first edition:

 

“For the parent of the seriously or fatally ill child… I know of no better source of help than Audrey T. McCollum’s sensitive and highly professional book.” –Louise Bates Ames, Co-Director, Gesell Institute

 

“A thoughtful, practical guide for parents…. The book reflects a seasoned and extensive clinical experience in helping parents achieve the self-reliance, openness and ability to use the help of others that comes with knowledge of their child’s specific disorder and developmental needs.” –Morris Green, M.D., Children Today

Practical advice and support for parents of chronically ill children and those involved with their care. Focuses on ways to meet the physical and emotional challenges and to make the ill child?s quality of life as meaningful as possible. "A valuable book."?Benjamin Spock


?For the parent of the seriously or fatally ill child? I know of no better source of help than Audrey T. McCollum?s sensitive and highly professional book.??Louise Bates Ames, Co-Director, Gesell Institute

(on the first edition)

 


?A thoughtful, practical guide for parents. . . . The book reflects a seasoned and extensive clinical experience in helping parents achieve the self-reliance, openness and ability to use the help of others that comes with knowledge of their child?s specific disorder and developmental needs.??Morris Green, M.D., Children Today (on the first edition)


"I recommend that all training programs for professionals who interact with chronically ill children include this volume on their required reading lists."?Jane Toot, Physical Therapy


"An excellent text for professionals dealing with parent-child relationships, including doctors, nurses, social workers and teachers."?Mary Walsh (on the first edition)


"Comprehensive, up-to-date guidance that retains a comforting personal tone."?Kirkus Reviews


"A valuable resource for understanding and managing the physical, social, and psychological issues [of chronically ill children]. . . . Professionals concerned with the care of the chronically ill child should ensure that parents have access to this valuable and practical book. I strongly recommend it to physicians, educators, psychologists, social workers, and anyone involved in a program of early intervention and family guidance."?Richard B. Kearsley, New England Journal of Medicine


"I have found the book enormously useful in my work with chronically ill children and their families, and in my teaching about this area with colleagues and students in the health care professions. With this new edition, I remail firm in my opinionthat this is the best book on the subject in the English language."?Michael B. Rothenberg, Children's Health Care


"McCollum has written what is probably the most valuable book to date on chronically ill children. . . . Utilizing psychodynamic understanding of normal child development as a framework, McCollum expertly weaves practical advice and the theory on which it is based, into a veritable therapeutic text."?Richard A. Geist, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry


"[McCollum] writes with clarity, sensitivity, and in a manner which would tend to engage families from a broad educational spectrum and whose children may have any one of a large number of chronic illnesses. . . . Although written for a lay audience, McCollum's book may also serve to refocus and clarify many of the clinical issues facing the professional psychologist. . . . Timely, lucid, and authoritative."?Brian Stabler, Journal of Pediatric Psychology


"This sensitive guide for the family of a child with acute or chronic illness of disability offers sound practical advice and supportive insights into feelings and attitudes."?A Reader's Guide for Parents of Children with Mental, Physical, or Emotional Disabilities, distributed by the Maryland State Planning Council of Developmental Disabilities


"This book will enable professional readers to augment their dynamic understanding of chronic illness as well as to become more skilled with the actual process of counseling parents. It is a valuable addition to the libraries of both parents and professionals."?Health and Social Work


"This volume reflects a wealth of clinical experience and sensitivity to the hardships, frustrations and challenges facing families with chronically ill children. . . . It should go a long way toward fostering the self-reliance parents strive for, but feel they lack, when faced with the chronic stresses of caring for a child whose illness never goes away."?Joan M. Patterson, The American Journal of Family Therapy