The Person as Patient: Psychosocial Perspectives for the Health Care Professional

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5
The Adolescent Years

Pamela Hansford

Introduction

A Holistic Perspective

Universal Challenges of the Second Decade

Adolescents Talk About Their Experiences as Patients

Principles of Practice

Conclusion

'I'm Shelly McDonald. I'm very disabled. I can't talk or walk. I dribble a lot and some people really hate that. I think physio is very good for disabled people because they are not able to exercise their bodies themselves. When I sit all day I get stiff and it is so painful. I think physio could be improved if some therapists took more notice of what their people wanted, instead of making them so angry. I get angry when I'm treated by people like I'm stupid, not just disabled. Sometimes I think some therapists don't realise what it is like to be disabled. I can see some of them would prefer to ignore me just by their faces and some of the parents look at me as if I'm a freak.'

(Shelly, now nearly 14, p. 78)

'Looking at a baby photo of myself, I look extremely "normal". How I hate that word normal because in actual fact not one of us wonderful human beings are normal. We don't even know if God is normal so what right do these "normal" people have naming themselves with such superiority?

Figure 5.1 Shelley.

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  • The Person as Patient - Psychosocial Perspectives for the Health Care Professional *
  • Contents *
  • Contributors *
  • Preface ix
  • Dedication xii
  • 1 - Of Systems and Theories i
  • 2 - A System of Ecology 10
  • 3 - Development through Life: Fundamental Patterns 24
  • 4 - Normal Growth and Development in the Infant and Young Child 43
  • 5 - The Adolescent Years 67
  • 6 - The Adult Years 99
  • 7 - Normal Aging 123
  • 8 - Aging with Illness 148
  • 9 - Long-Term Care: Living with Chronic Illness 169
  • 10 - Self-Efficacy 186
  • 11 - The Relationship between Health Practitioner and Patient 197
  • 12 - Bioethics 212
  • 13 - The Process of Making Judgments 230
  • 14 - Communication in the Therapeutic Context 244
  • Glossary of Terms 263
  • Index 269
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