Title

Chapter 11 Families and physical health

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Haleama Al Sabbah

Document Type

Book Chapter

Source of Publication

Cross-Cultural Family Research and Practice

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the physical health of families. The components of physical health discussed in this chapter include diet and nutrition, physical activity, sleep patterns, medical self-care, smoking as well as alcohol and drugs. Family members’ health behaviors (e.g., smoking, alcohol consumption, eating, exercise, and sleep) show more similarity than would be expected by chance. An individuals’ quality of life (QoL) is closely related to the QoL of those around them, be it their spouse, children, or parents. As a result, any kind of chronic sickness present within the family has the potential to affect the lives of the other members. Health problems in any family member were associated with a high incidence of mental health issues in other family members. Involvement of families can be effective in health promotion programs.

Publisher

Elsevier

First Page

355

Last Page

372

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Indexed in Scopus

no

Open Access

no

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