Helping Children with Ill Or Disabled Parents: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1993 - Medical - 245 pages
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When a parent falls ill or becomes disabled, the pressures placed on family, relations and friends can be very great. Children, in particular, are sometimes forgotten as the adults struggle to cope, yet often have to endure enormous anxiety. The authors, with compassion and common sense, look at the range of issues that can arise, including guilt, anger, frustration and fear. They suggest positive ways in which these can be approached, as well as looking at:

* what children need to know and when they should be told

* issues of dependence, separation and independence

* what issues emerge when other adults are involved

* the role of teachers and schools

* the sense of responsiblity commonly felt by the child

* how to help with thoughts and feelings.

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Julia Segal trained with the Marriage Guidance Council (now Relate) and has been counselling people with MS, their relatives and their children for the past ten years, first as Research Counsellor for Action and Research for Multiple Sclerosis and presently as Counsellor for the CMH MS Unit, Central Middlesex Hospital, London. She has three children and is the author of Phantasy in Everyday Life: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Understanding Ourselves (Karnac 1995) and Key Figures in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Melanie Klein (Sage1992). John Simkins was the Chief Executive of Action and Research for Multiple Sclerosis (ARMS) for sixteen years. Since then he has been working as an Executive with the charity Multiple Sclerosis Research Centre. He has two children and one step-child, all of whom had a parent with MS.

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