Understanding Illness Behaviour, Death And Bereavement In Adulthood.

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Ubangha, B.M.
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To aid our understanding of the ways various individuals perceive, evaluate, and respond to symptoms of illness, the literature on illness behaviour was reviewed. Two competing hypotheses (the linking hypotheses and the substitution" hypothesis) and two theoretical paradigms (the health belief model and the behavioural model) which attempt to explain illness behaviour were presented. Kastenbaum's (1975) conceptualisation of death, kubler - Ross's (1969) five stage theory of dying and Parkes' (1972) four sequential phases of anticipatory grief were presented in the hope that they will not only illumine our understanding of the mystery of death and the rituals associated with it but also place these within a wider social milleau that surround them. Attempts were made to clarify and highlight the roles of the counsellor not only in meeting the psychological needs of the ill and dying and of the health caregivers but also mitigating the emotional responses associated with the loss of a loved one.
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Adulthood , Illness
Ubangha,B.M.(1988) Understanding Illness Behaviour, Death And Bereavement In Adulthood. Being a Paper Presented At The 22nd Annual Conference Of The Counselling Association Of Nigeria (CASSON)Held At The Kaduna Polythecnic, Kaduna, Nigeria.