Tips to Help Women Cope
March 13, 2000 (Philadelphia) -- Women who face a serious illness, or the illness of a loved one, may often feel isolated or unable to fulfill their many roles and obligations within the family. A study published in the January 2000 issue of Social Science and Medicine examined how couples coped with serious illness. The study's authors, Laurel Northouse and nursing colleagues from the University of Michigan School of Nursing, found that both women who are seriously ill themselves, along with those who care for ailing spouses, suffer greater emotional upset and take less satisfaction in their marriages than do male patients or caregivers.
How can you, as a female patient or caregiver, better cope with the stress and emotions that you face? Here are some tips that may make your life easier:
Barry Jacobs, PsyD, a clinical psychologist and family therapist, is the Associate Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Practice Residency Program in Springfield, Penn., and specializes in treating families coping with medical illnesses.
Julie Mayer, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Media and Bala Cynwyd, Penn., specializing in psychotherapy for women struggling with eating disorders and sexual trauma.
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