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Living with a cleft: Psychological challenges, support and intervention

Rumsey, Nichola; Stock, Nicola Marie



Samuel Berkowitz


© 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. All rights are reserved. Psychological adjustment to living with a cleft and its treatment is now understood to be both complex and labile. While many adjust well, this population has an increased risk for a range of poorer psychological outcomes compared with their peers. Adjustment is multifactorial, involving a complex interplay of psychological and social factors. Psychological care should be available across the lifespan to meet the changing needs of patients and their families over time. Interventions should be developed and evaluated in order to optimise psychological, social and educational outcomes.


Rumsey, N., & Stock, N. M. (2013). Living with a cleft: Psychological challenges, support and intervention. In S. Berkowitz (Ed.), Cleft lip and palate: diagnosis and management, 907-915. Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Publication Date Aug 1, 2013
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 907-915
Book Title Cleft lip and palate: diagnosis and management
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Keywords cleft lip and palate, interventions, support, psychological, appearance, Dental Occlusion, Speech, visible difference
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