Illness experience and children's concepts of health and illness

Child Care Health Dev. May-Jun 1984;10(3):157-62. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.1984.tb00174.x.


The effects of chronic illness on children's knowledge of health and illness were investigated by interviewing 57 children with diabetes and the same number of healthy children of similar age and background. There were few differences between the groups in their definitions of health or knowledge of the cause of illness. The data are discussed in terms of their theoretical relevance to the development of ideas about health and illness.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Child
  • Cognition
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Psychology, Child*