Impact of Illness on the Family: Disease, Illness, and the Family Illness Trajectory

  • Byron J. Good
  • Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good
  • Bill D. Burr


Major illness may have a devastating effect on whole families. If the physician is to successfully treat the disease of the identified patient, the psychosocial problems of both the patient and the family must be recognized, diagnosed, and addressed. This chapter outlines an approach to this issue. First, it reviews the literature on the impact of illness on the family. Second, utilizing the concepts “disease and illness” and “the family illness trajectory,” the chapter discusses normal and pathologic responses of families when a member is ill. Finally, clinical suggestions are made for treating patients and their families.


Cystic Fibrosis Anorexia Nervosa Pathologic Response Explanatory Model Childhood Leukemia 
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  • Byron J. Good
  • Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good
  • Bill D. Burr

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