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Family reactions and their management in a parents group with beta-thalassaemia.

Authors
  • Tsiantis, J
  • Xypolita-Tsantili, D
  • Papadakou-Lagoyianni, S
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives of Disease in Childhood
Publisher
BMJ
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1982
Volume
57
Issue
11
Pages
860–863
Identifiers
PMID: 7149759
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The parents of children with beta-thalassaemia displayed various patterns of emotion (guilt, death anxiety, denial of feelings) and their behaviour towards the child was inappropriate (overprotective, conspiracy of silence); this could affect his psychosocial development and lead to tension within the family. Some parents were overdemanding and even hostile to hospital staff, thus making the management of cases difficult. The therapeutic team has tried to concentrate on these problems in order to clarify them and give support to the families. This has facilitated communication within the family as well as between the family and hospital staff, and had diminished the problems.

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