family health

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A term used to describe the concept of health status of the family unit as a whole, i.e., parent(s) and child(ren) considered collectively. Use of the term in this way recognizes that dynamic psychological and physical interaction of family members can influence the physical, mental, and emotional health status of all, either beneficially or harmfully. In a dysfunctional family, psychodynamic transactions induce disruption, hostility, and malicious acts, rather than mutual love and support.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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