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Children's Palliative Care in Africa$
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Justin Amery

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567966

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567966.001.0001

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Psychosocial and family care

Psychosocial and family care

(p.227) Chapter 13 Psychosocial and family care
Children's Palliative Care in Africa

Justin Amery

Nkosazana Ngidi

Caroline Rose

Collette Cunningham

Carla Horne

Linda Ganca

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Children are members of numerous social groups: families, clans, tribes, schools, and communities. To understand the effects of life-limiting illnesses on children, one needs to understand the interplay of all of these. In early childhood, a child has little concept of himself or herself as separate from the mother or family. The story of childhood can be seen as a story of separation from family and integration into a wider society. Children can express this psychological stress in different ways and can be helped to manage it in different ways. Families are systems and individual children are parts of those systems. Families are usually resilient and have unique systems for coping with stresses. In a similar way, communities have personalities, strengths, and weaknesses.

Keywords:   family theory, tribes, communities, psychological stress, childhood

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