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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Perkins, Jessica Lee
Author's Email Address jlperk@vt.edu
URN etd-05122010-182228
Title The Role of a Medical Family Therapist: An Ecological Systems Look at Pediatric Illness
Degree Master of Science
Department Human Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Huebner, Angela J. Committee Chair
Falconier, Mariana K. Committee Member
Wittenborn, Andrea K. Committee Member
Keywords
  • pediatric illness
  • ecological systems
  • medical family therapy
  • critical illness
Date of Defense 2010-05-03
Availability restricted
Abstract
This research explores the question of what role medical family therapists play on a health care team when working with serious pediatric illness. Seven participants from three different health care settings were interviewed. Results were organized within the ecological systems framework (Bronfenbrenner, 1979) according to the various ways participants became a part of the family’s illness experience. Participants identified roles directly with the family, with the health care team, and within the larger health care system. Clinical implications are identified concerning the preparation of the health care system for the continued growth and evolution of the field of medical family therapy.
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