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Children with chronic ill health have been reported to be at increased risk of difficulties with psychosocial adjustment, and it is likely that the risk may be exacerbated during adolescence, a turbulent time even without illness. Self-esteem, social communication and stress-management skills have been identified as protective factors. Two groups were designed to enhance these factors among inpatients on a specialist adolescent medicine ward. Outcomes of the groups in relation to meeting the learning aims and the young people's opinions about the groups are discussed.

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Journal article


Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry

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351 - 362