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​How do spouses cope when their child is diagnosed with a chronic life-threatening illness?

Published on: 24-Jan-2020


In a radio interview, Assoc Prof Andy Ho from the Psychology division at the NTU School of Social Sciences talked about the study he led, which found that parents with terminally ill children avoid discussing their emotional pain, instead keeping communication to pragmatic matters – findings that are important and relevant when it comes to social support for such parents. The team found that while emotional sharing between parents is important, there is a time and space for it, and perhaps not in the immediacy of their child’s diagnosis. Based on the findings, the team developed a therapist-facilitated online app to give parents a platform to reflect on the strains they have during their free pockets of time. Writing about their traumatic experience can be cathartic and healing, Assoc Prof Ho pointed out.

Find the interview here

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