Coping with Chronic Illness and Disability - Theoretical, Empirical, and Clinical Aspects
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This book synthesizes the expanding literature on coping styles and strategies by analyzing how individuals with CID face challenges, find and use their strengths, and alter their environment to fit their life-changing realities. The book includes up-to-date information on coping with high-profile conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injury, in-depth coverage of HIV/AIDS, chronic pain, and severe mental illness, and more.
Offers an in-depth discussion of the broad spectrum of stress, trauma, and coping theories
Provides a focused outlook at applications of coping models and coping strategies for dealing with CID
Presents multiple frameworks for understanding and gaining clinical insights about coping with CID
Erin Martz, Ph.D., CRC, is an assistant professor and coordinator of the Rehabilitation Counseling program at the University of Memphis. She has been a U.S. Department of State Fulbright Fellow (Russia) and a Switzer Merit Fellow (National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research). Her research interests include psychosocial adaptation to and coping with chronic illness and disability, posttraumatic stress reactions following disability, disability-related employment issues, attitudes toward disability, and international rehabilitation.
Hanoch Livneh, Ph.D., CRC, is a professor and coordinator of the Rehabilitation Counseling program at Portland State University. He is an APA Fellow in the division of Rehabilitation Psychology. His research interests include coping with and adaptation to chronic illness and disability, attitudes toward people with disability, and the measurement of outcomes in rehabilitation.
From the reviews:
"This is a landmark work, one that is long overdue: It marks the first time contemporary theories of coping are integrated with the basic tenets of rehabilitation psychology. . . Congratulations to Martz and Livneh for producing a book that will be required reading for the future study of coping among persons with chronic disease and disability."
-Timothy R. Elliott, Ph.D., ABPP, Department of Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
"The Martz and Livneh text addresses the important topic of coping with chronic illness and disability. The initial six chapters review the major theoretical perspectives on coping, including empirical documentation. The final twelve chapters review theory and research specific to major types of chronic illness and disability, including interventions that have been applied to facilitate coping and research supporting their efficacy. The content is both substantive and scholarly, with many practical clinical applications. The text should be a welcome addition to the libraries of rehabilitation and health professionals, including both researchers and clinicians, and it would also be an excellent textbook for university courses on the psychosocial aspects of chronic illness and disability."
-Norman L. Berven, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Perhaps once a decade a 'classic book' appears and I think that Coping wth Chronic Illness and Disability: Theoretical, Empirical, and Clinical Aspects will be in this prestigious company. This book is a confluence of brilliant minds working from very unique perspectives and life experiences. They have captured the essence of coping with chronic illness and disability and examined it through the lenses of potential human resilience while validating the totality of the full human experience. In turn, they have constructed a living mosaic that captures needs, realities, and aspirations of people living with, and often in spite of and beyond, chronic illness and disability.
The scope and depth of the content captures and reflects what could and should be when contemplating and addressing this very complex area of study, research, and application. This is not at all surprising, since the authors/ editors, Martz & Livneh are both acknowledged by there peers as masters of the content area. In addition, they also added the insights and perspectives of many collaborators who have enhanced and enriched the focus and message of this work. The insights and "imprimatur" of Dr. Beatrice A. Wright says it all.
I found this work to be profound, relevant, inspirational and challenging. The richness of the material grasps and holds the attention of the reader; the frames of reference provide cognitive and emotional tools to process and related the material to real life issues and applications. Not only did I have the privilege of reading this material, I have the opportunity to learn more about coping with chronic illness and disability from master scholars, researchers and teachers who not only have presented the content but also had the vision to create and develop a book that shares their wisdom with us all."
- Arthur E. Dell Orto, Ph.D. C.R.C., Professor & Director of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program, Department of Occupational Therapy & Rehabilitation Counseling, Associate Executive Director, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University
"This book describes how individuals cope with chronic illness and disability, covering conceptual, empirical, and clinical aspects. The contributors discuss coping with 12 specific illnesses. ... The book is intended for rehabilitation specialists, particularly psychologists, counselors, social workers, and healthcare providers, as well as students in the helping professionals and individuals experiencing CID. ... tackles the topic of copying with chronic illness and disability very completely." (Gary B Kaniuk, Doody's Review Service, November, 2007)