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May 1970

Psychological Aspects of the Care of Children With Cystic Fibrosis

Author Affiliations

Dayton, Ohio
From the Barney Children's Medical Center, Dayton, Ohio, and the Department of Child Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati (Dr. Tropauer).

Am J Dis Child. 1970;119(5):424-432. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1970.02100050426008

A psychological study of 20 children with cystic fibrosis revealed frequent emotional complications among the patients and their mothers. Physical and social restrictions, the rigorous medical regimen, concerns about illness and death, and uncertainties of the future can create anxiety and depression in child and parent alike. Inadequate resolution of emotional conflict in either may lead to maladaptive behavior and resistance to treatment which can significantly impede the progress of therapy.

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