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6PS542 Family Health Across The Lifespan

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  • Course Code: 6PS542
  • University: University Of Derby
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Debbie is married to Paul and they have 3 children, Poppy (14), Joshua (10) and Rosie (6).  Debbie is 34 and was diagnosed with breast cancer 8 weeks ago.  She previously worked part-time as a solicitor in a high pressured job but has been signed off sick for 12 months due to the treatment she is undergoing.  She has started chemotherapy and will need to have a mastectomy.  Debbie has not responded well to her early doses of chemotherapy.  She has suffered extensive vomiting and diarrhoea, and after the first course of chemotherapy her vomiting was so bad that she had to be re-admitted to hospital.  She is also extremely tired all of the time, making it difficult for her to do the things she usually does.  Debbie was a light smoker until her diagnosis, but has now quit.  She has been smoke free for 7.5 weeks.  She believes that her smoking is responsible for the development of her cancer and she feels guilty that she has “bought this on herself”.

Her husband Paul is a partner in the law firm they both work for.  Paul is feeling a great deal of pressure as he believes he must continue to work long hours to cover Debbie’s loss of earnings and ensure the family is secure financially.  He is acutely aware that there is the possibility that she may not recover.  Paul is struggling to sleep, has churning in his stomach, feels restless, tense and on edge.  He is also quite tearful and feels guilty about the amount of time he is spending at work while Debbie is at home looking after the children.  Paul is thrilled that Debbie has stopped smoking and has supported her with this as much as possible.  

Whilst Paul is at work and Debbie is so poorly, Poppy has taken on a lot of responsibility helping to look after her mum and siblings.  Whilst they have some family close by, they also have busy schedules and so find it difficult to offer enough support to Debbie and Paul.  Poppy makes sure Joshua, Rosie and herself get to school in the mornings, makes packed lunches, helps to make dinner and helps her sister get ready for bed in the evening.  She runs errands picking up bits of shopping on her way home from school and does some housework when she can.  She used to go to gymnastics twice a week but has had to stop this to help at home.  She is happy to help but finds it difficult as she misses spending time with her friends and doing her gymnastics.  She is doing OK at school but her teachers say she is increasingly distracted and finds it hard to concentrate in class.  

  • Give a brief overview of the condition, including the nature and psychological impact of the condition, its treatment and likely progression.
  • Identify the psychosocial factors that are affecting the psychological health of the family members (Debbie, Paul and/or Poppy)
  • Identify and critically evaluate possible psychological interventions that may be useful to support Debbie and her family to manage Debbie’s ill-health more effectively.
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