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Parental reaction to disability

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jill Cadwgan, Emerita Professor Helen McConachie


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How the diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disability is communicated to the family has long-lasting effects. When clarification of the diagnosis takes a long time, this is particularly hard for child health professionals to manage well, and a joint understanding of the process with the family is important. Guidelines for the conduct of the diagnostic consultation are presented.The impact of the child's disability on the family depends on many factors, including the child's behaviours, available resources and the family's coping strategies. By understanding families' individual differences, professionals can provide excellent health care but also help families to promote the child's quality of life and social participation. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Kisler J, McConachie H

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Paediatrics and Child Health

Year: 2010

Volume: 20

Issue: 7

Pages: 309-314

Print publication date: 24/07/2010

ISSN (print): 1751-7222

ISSN (electronic): 1878-206X


DOI: 10.1016/j.paed.2010.02.010