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Psicologia em Estudo

Print version ISSN 1413-7372On-line version ISSN 1807-0329

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CASTRO, Elisa Kern de  and  MORENO-JIMENEZ, Bernardo. Resilience in children with physical chronic illness: theoretical aspects. Psicol. estud. [online]. 2007, vol.12, n.1, pp.81-86. ISSN 1413-7372.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-73722007000100010.

The present work examined some questions concerning the chronic disease, child development and resilience. Resilience is a developmental and health concept that refers to the children, adolescent and adults positive adaptation in the presence of adverse and risk circumstances, like is pediatric chronic disease. Currently there are few studies on the topic, but despite that, evidences showed that adaptation of chronic ill children is higher than would be expected. In contrast, some chronic ill children present emotional and behavior problems. Resilience related to pediatric chronic disease means a perspective change in health field because the focus is on child positive development. Practical applications of resilience findings are a challenge to health professionals.

Keywords : Childhood; resilience; attitudes toward physical illness.

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