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Family Communication, Connections, and Health Transitions

Going Through This Together


Edited By Michelle Miller-Day

When family members experience a diagnosis of a chronic disease (e.g., cancer) or a health crisis (e.g., postpartum depression), not only the diagnosed individuals but entire families experience immediate and long-term stress as a consequence. Families with members dealing with serious health conditions may be confronted with significant challenges posed by treatment regimes, impacts on day-to-day activities, disruption of family roles, the threat of possible death, and a host of psychosocial challenges. This book is about families facing these challenges, uncertain about what to do, how to help, or how the condition will affect their daily life. Providing a coherent discussion of original research that examines communication patterns and processes involved in the day-to-day management of health conditions, this book lays bare the raw emotional experiences of families communicating with one another amid uncertainty and, for some, in the face of death.


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List of Tables and Figures ix Health Transitions and Family Communication: An Introduction 1 Part 1. Family Interdependence in Managing Health Transitions 1. Interdependence in Family Systems: Adjusting to Breast and Prostate Cancer 19 Chris Segrin Terry A. Badger 2. “Her Pain Was My Pain”: Mothers and Daughters Sharing the Breast Cancer Journey 57 Carla L. Fisher 3. Understanding Challenges Associated with Breast Cancer: A Cluster Analysis of Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Stressors 77 Kirsten M. Weber Denise Haunani Solomon 4. The Role of Couple Communication in Managing Type 2 Diabetes 101 J. Lynne Brown 5. Working It Out Together: The Role of Family Support in the Management of Postpartum Depression 135 LaKesha Anderson Dearmen Part 2. Stigma 6. Stigma and Politeness: Challenging Family Health Discussions 165 Kelly Rossetto Rachel Smith Barbara Jones 7. Mental Illness, Stigma, and Disclosure 193 Erica Bauer Part 3. Living with Invisible Illness 8. Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom: An Autoethnography of Life with an Invisible Disability 229 Emily Bowlby Family Communication, Connections, and Health Transitions viii 9. In Sickness and in Health: Coping with Chronic Illness While Transitioning into Marriage 245 Jonathan Pettigrew Breanne Pettigrew Part 4. Interfacing with Others 10. Medical Disclosure in Oncology among Families, Patients, and Providers: A Communication Privacy Management Perspective 269 Sandra Petronio Shannon Sweeney-Lewis 11. “So, When Are You Two Having a Baby?” Managing Information about Infertility within Social Networks 297 Keli Ryan Steuber Denise Haunani Solomon 12. Caring for the Family: Teaching Systems and Cycles in a Family Medicine...

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