Transmission of health and practices in families across the time

The diagnosis of a chronic disease changes the lives of the patients and their families. Nothing remains as before. The continuation of life with the disease requires complex individual and family processes of adaptation and capacities of reorganisation.
Resources and strategies have to be actualised and combined with the use of medical knowledge, in order to enable a new balanced way of life despite the diverse requirements and demands of instrumental, emotional and cognitive coping.
The research project asks, which passed on family-traditional ideas and patterns of action, dealing with health and sickness, are being used and how these are tied together with the medical knowledge of experts.
How do families manage to keep or win back their freedom in decision making and acting in these critical situations and come to a new stability in their life style?
The aim of the research project is to discover the coping processes, mechanisms and basic conditions of families, when confronted with a chronic disease or disability. Of special interest is the new construction of the mutual family life style in particular. The project tries to systematically reconstruct complex family biographical case studies with three chosen indications (Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Paraplegia) and to interpret them in the tradition of hermeneutic-interpretative social research.

Principal Investigators
Kardorff, Ernst von Prof. Dr. phil. (Details) (Sociology of Rehabilitation / Professional Rehabilitation / Rehabilitation Law)

Financer
DFG: Sachbeihilfe

Duration of Project
Start date: 01/2003
End date: 03/2007

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