Sibling Loss

Sibling Loss

Sibling Loss

Sibling Loss

Synopsis

This is a superb book. It is based on extensive interviews, careful and complete mastery of existing literature, and the research of others. It is a significant contribution to our understanding of mourning, childhood and adolescent psychology, and of specific diseases, particularly cystic fibrosis.

Excerpt

This is a superb book. It is based on extensive interviews, careful and complete mastery of existing literature, and the research of others. It is a significant contribution to our understanding of mourning, childhood and adolescent psychology, and of specific diseases, particularly cystic fibrosis. Dr. Fanos extends this research to study siblings of HIV-infected children and now into other genetic and genetically influenced disorders. She synthesizes many ideas from different fields and addresses this complexity in a meaningful way without being simplistic or reductionist.

It was a privilege to meet Dr. Fanos, discuss her ideas with her, and appreciate her earlier and her ongoing contributions. Her research has been "hands on"; for example, she went to visit her respondents in various parts of the country. Her tact and empathy, together with her excellent scientific approach, comes through not only in her writings but also in her face-to-face discussions.

There are many areas covered--trauma, loss, coping, and development, as well as research methodology, her samples, contacts, procedures, interview guide, her rating scales, and the statistical quantitative treatment of her data.

This volume, already a classic before publication, will serve many purposes. It is recommended to all mental health researchers and clinicians.

--George H. Pollock, md, PhD

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