volume 52, issue 4, P333-338 1979
DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8341.1979.tb02533.x
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Abstract: This paper discusses the application of basic theories of family functioning to understanding the syndrome consisting of abnormal-illness behaviour centred around a recompensable illness or injury. It sets out the socio-cultural matrix out of which it arises and postulates that compensation-neurosis may be viewed as a homeostatic response of the family system when major psycho-social requirements are not being met and the family is under stress or in crisis. It looks at two common paradigms of compensation-neu…

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