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Chronic illness management is a way of life for many children and their families. For these chronically ill children, the ability of the family to respond to the daily relentless demands of management dictates the quality of the child's and family's life. In an effort to better understand how a family responds to a chronic illness, Knafl and Deatrick's Family Management Style (FMS) model is applied to a family with a child with type I diabetes using a case-study analysis. Gallo derived dimensions of the model's components in an earlier application. These dimensions are applied to interview data obtained on the same family 1 year later to address the dynamic nature of family management style.
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