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September 1961

Comprehensive Medical Care for Handicapped Children: I. Patterns of Anxiety in Mothers of Children with Rheumatic Fever

Author Affiliations

Helen H. Glaser, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Medical Center, 4200 E. Ninth St., Denver 20, Colo.; Assistant Professor in Pediatrics (Dr. Glaser); Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology, University of Colorado School of Medicine (Dr. Lynn); Medical Social Worker, Colorado General Hospital (Grace Harrison).; From the Department of Pediatrics, the Division of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, and the Medical Social Service Department, University of Colorado Medical Center.

Am J Dis Child. 1961;102(3):344-354. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.02080010346008

In recognition of the need for better understanding of problems of comprehensive medical care for handicapped children, a systematic investigation has been conducted in the pediatric out-patient department of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, utilizing an interdisciplinary approach in the study of children suffering from a number of handicapping conditions, specifically rheumatic fever, congenital heart defects, convulsive disorders, and bronchial asthma. The investigation was designed (a) to explore the various problems, both physical and emotional, experienced by these children, and (b) to evaluate the effectiveness of their medical care from an over-all standpoint.

In the course of an analysis of the results of this investigation, we became interested in the fundamental importance of anxiety on the part of the mother as it related significantly to her child's illness, as it was reflected in her handling of the illness, and as it influenced her relationships with her physician, her

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