We thank Michel Berg, M.D., Richard Frankel, Ph.D., John Langfitt, Ph.D., Susan H. McDaniel, Ph.D., and Lyman C. Wynne, M.D., Ph.D. for their help in the preparation of this article.
The Family Experience of “Sudden Health”: The Case of Intractable Epilepsy
Article first published online: 18 AUG 2004
Volume 42, Issue 4, pages 453–467, December 2003
How to Cite
SEABURN, D. B. and ERBA, G. (2003), The Family Experience of “Sudden Health”: The Case of Intractable Epilepsy. Family Process, 42: 453–467. doi: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.2003.00453.x
- Issue published online: 18 AUG 2004
- Article first published online: 18 AUG 2004
This article reports the experience of “sudden health” among six families who participated in an exploratory qualitative study of families with a member who elects to have corrective surgery for intractable epilepsy. Families were interviewed pre- and post surgery (6–8months) and the interviews were analyzed using a constant comparative methodology. Findings indicated that (1) families were organized in two primary ways (nesting and crisis) to deal with epilepsy and the aftermath of surgery and (2) “sudden health” had differing effects on these families depending on their organizational style, emotional communication process, and developmental dynamics.