Understanding the process of adjustment to illness.

  title={Understanding the process of adjustment to illness.},
  author={Louise Sharpe and Leah Beth Curran},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  volume={62 5},
This article examines the literature relating to adjustment to physical illness. Adjustment is invariably defined in the literature as some aspect of psychological function. However, in reality, adjustment is a process that begins at the presentation of symptoms and continues throughout the course of the illness and responds to changes in illness status. Physical illness can be conceptualized as a stressor, the demands of which depend upon the characteristics and severity of the illness. Recent… CONTINUE READING

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