Clinical Psychology and Congenital Heart Disease

Lifelong Psychological Aspects and Interventions

  • Edward Callus
  • Emilia Quadri

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Congenital Heart Disease and Humanization of Healthcare

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Massimo Chessa, Francesca Romana Plucchinotta
      Pages 3-20
  3. Psychological Aspects and Neuropsychological Functioning in Children and Adolescents with ConHD

  4. Psychological Functioning, Quality of Life and End of Life Care in Adults with ConHD

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Edward Callus, Emilia Quadri, Cristiana Passerini, Anna Tovo
      Pages 85-97
    3. Silke Apers, Koen Luyckx, Philip Moons
      Pages 99-117
  5. Psychological and Peer to Peer Interventions and the Importance of Non-profit Associations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Angelo Compare, Cristina Zarbo, Annalisa Bonaiti
      Pages 133-146
    3. Emilia Quadri, Edward Callus, Elena Palmero, Cristina Farè
      Pages 161-176
    4. Giovanna Campioni, Edward Callus, Emilia Quadri
      Pages 189-199

About this book


This book describes those psychological features specifically characteristic of patients with congenital heart disease, from birth to adulthood. The combination of case studies, descriptions of life experiences and psychological recommendations and collaboration with non-profit organizations in the field ensure that it will serve as an excellent day-to-day learning tool. Technological advances in cardiology and cardiac surgery have resulted in an increase in the number of adults with congenital heart disease, creating a new emergency. From when they are born, these patients and their relatives require extensive support for many reasons, including the uncertainty and restrictions in their lives, frequent hospitalizations and difficulties in the work and social spheres. Clinical Psychology and Congenital Heart Disease explains how psychology can contribute to healthcare treatment of patients with congenital heart disease and their families. Emphasis is placed on the need for a multidisciplinary approach to ensure the well-being of the patient and the clinician is provided with insights and instruments that will assist greatly in the provision of appropriate support.


Cardiac disease Clinical Psychology Congenital Heart Disease Health Psychology Psychocardiology cardiac patients' needs

Editors and affiliations

  • Edward Callus
    • 1
  • Emilia Quadri
    • 2
  1. 1.Pediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Disease CentreIRCCS Policlinico San DonatoSan Donato Milanese, MilanItaly
  2. 2.Pediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Disease CenterIRCCS Policlinico San DonatoSan Donato Milanese, MilanItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Italia 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Milano
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-88-470-5698-5
  • Online ISBN 978-88-470-5699-2
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