Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Chronically Ill People in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Gustavo R. MedranoEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_430

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Chronically Ill People in Couple and Family Therapy


Family caregiving is an important and common role that may become even more common in our society with a growing elderly population and health care trend shifting more of the patient care onto families. Family caregiving is a complex process that bidirectionally affects the caregiver and patient, with serious negative consequences for the caregiver’s own well-being if not properly managed. Given this complexity and increased risk of depression and psychological distress, professional help, including psychotherapy, should be considered for the patient and family caregivers.


Chronic health conditions can be defined as a mental or medical health condition that persists for beyond 3 months. Chronic health conditions are quite common, with about half of all adults in the United States found to have at least one of the examined chronic health conditions and about 25% of the adult population...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Farrah Hughes
    • 1
  • Allen Sabey
    • 2
  1. 1.Employee Assistance ProgramMcLeod HealthFlorenceUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA