Children's reactions to hospitalization and illness

Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. Fall 1978;9(1):3-19. doi: 10.1007/BF01463215.


The paper describes children's reactions to illness and hospitalizations from a developmental point of view. Taking the latter into account, it becomes easier to understand not only the child's reaction at different ages and the reasons for it, but the nature of the potential damage, that is, where and why it takes place, as well as the resources available to the child that may help, if wisely used, to minimize the potential traumas.

MeSH terms

  • Affective Symptoms / etiology
  • Affective Symptoms / prevention & control
  • Age Factors
  • Anxiety, Separation / etiology
  • Child
  • Child Development
  • Child, Hospitalized*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Conversion Disorder / etiology
  • Disease / psychology*
  • Emotions*
  • Fantasy
  • Humans
  • Maternal Deprivation
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Regression, Psychology
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / etiology
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / psychology