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The Psychologist Vol 25 No 3 March 2012

The Psychologist Vol 25 No 3 March 2012

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My son had an anaphylactic reaction when he was three years old. He was hospitalised for three nights, and this was just the beginning of a round of prick tests, 'nut challenges' and extreme day-to-day vigilance.
It has been my biggest challenge, as a parent and person, and I'm sure it has been no picnic for him either.

In this issue, we look at the challenges facing children and their families in adapting to chronic and life-threatening conditions, and how psychologists work across psychological and physical health services to support them. The emotional labour involved in this kind of work must be phenomenal, and I am filled with admiration for those shouldering that burden for the benefit of children and their families. I was particularly struck by the coping techniques suggested in Jeremy Gauntlett-Gilbert and Hannah Connell's article, and I wonder if practitioners make use of these on themselves.

Elsewhere, as usual I would encourage you not to miss the articles at the back of the publication, including a fascinating 'Looking back' on George Kelly and the Garden of Eden.

Dr Jon Sutton
Managing Editor

Bridging psychological and physical health care     
Konrad Jacobs, Penny Titman and Melinda Edwards introduce a special feature

Adjusting to life with chronic illness     
Deborah Christie and Hasina Khatun

Coping and acceptance in chronic childhood conditions     
Jeremy Gauntlett-Gilbert and Hannah Connell

The 'late effects' of paediatric brain tumours    
Helen Stocks, Kate Ablett and Matthew Morrall

Paediatric intensive care     
Gillian Colville on stresses and strains for families

'Patients with the disorder deserve to be helped'    
An interview with James Blair from the US National Institute of Mental Health

Speaking out on the NHS; praise and criticism; Jon Driver; and more

News and digest
Beautiful explanations; mushrooms in a brain scanner; Little Albert; reports from the Division of Occupational Psychology; nuggets from the Digest; and more

Coverage from the Division of Occupational Psychology conference with Kisane Prutton; the Guardian memory experiment; and the best of the web

Book reviews
The organisation of the mind; longitudinal data analysis; the psychology book; and more

Responding to the NHS listening exercise, in the President's column; book award; practitioner of the year; measuring national well-being; online voting; latest from BPS journals;
and more

Careers and psychologist appointments
We talk to Angela Southall about her work for Midlands Psychology, and Robel Iyassu about working with challenging client groups; plus latest vacancies

New voices
The educational meets the evolutionary, with Rachel Ingram in the latest in our series for budding writers

Looking back
An interesting recurring theme in the later work of a famous personality theorist: Trevor Butt on George Kelly and the Garden of Eden

One on one
...with Martin Conway

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