The effects on siblings in families with a child with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Paediatric CFS/ME is a stressor, which affects not only the sufferer

but also the whole family. The sibling bond exerts a great

influence on all the children in the family. Healthy siblings

are often overlooked as attention is focused on the child with

CFS/ME or other chronic illness. Individual children react in

different ways to serious illness in another sibling by

adopting a variety of coping mechanisms. There is a need for

health and education professionals to consider the whole

family when caring for and working with a child with CFS/ME.

Jackson EL

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