Children’s Coping with Parental Illness

  • Nancy L. Worsham
  • Bruce E. Compas
  • Sydney Ey
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


What happens to children when their mother or father is seriously ill? What is the impact of parental illness on their psychological and behavioral adjustment? Are children faced with certain types of stressors as a result of specific parental illnesses such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, or cancer? And how do children cope with the stress of having an ill parent? Are some coping responses associated with better psychological adjustment and others related to poorer adaptation? These questions form the basis for a growing interest in the consequences of parental physical illness for the psychological well-being of children (e.g., Compas et al., 1994; Lewis, Hammond, & Woods, 1993).


Psychological Adjustment Intrusive Thought Depressed Mother Coping Effort Parental Illness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nancy L. Worsham
    • 1
  • Bruce E. Compas
    • 2
  • Sydney Ey
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyGonzaga UniversitySpokaneUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MemphisMemphisUSA

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