45. Behavioral Medicine for the Classroom Teacher

  1. David I. Mostofsky
  1. Sally Bittinger and
  2. David I. Mostofsky

Published Online: 28 MAR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118453940.ch45

The Handbook of Behavioral Medicine

The Handbook of Behavioral Medicine

How to Cite

Bittinger, S. and Mostofsky, D. I. (2014) Behavioral Medicine for the Classroom Teacher, in The Handbook of Behavioral Medicine (ed D. I. Mostofsky), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118453940.ch45

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAR 2014
  2. Published Print: 11 APR 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118453995

Online ISBN: 9781118453940



  • behavioral medicine;
  • chronic illness;
  • classroom teacher;
  • education;
  • public health;
  • students


Behavioral medicine, an area often misunderstood by the public and health professionals, provides an invaluable resource to educate, train, and develop school personnel. This chapter explores the academic and social effects of chronic illness on students and the role of the classroom teacher in assisting and supporting these children. It begins with a case study that exposes the dangerous gaps in current school health policy and services. The chapter discusses important implications for establishing structured methods of documentation that are needed for the school, parents, and treating medical team to ensure the students’ success in the face of chronic illness. It calls for cost-effective remediation to be provided by instituting workshops for teachers in particular, and the need to establish more efficient methods of communication to ensure that children with chronic illness do not escape the attention of trained personnel.