We intuitively know that the way parents treat their children while they are young will impact how they “turn out” as adults.
When children have a chronic illness, the family environment is a primary determining factor in how well they will do (both physically and emotionally) in the long run.
There is a growing amount of research that shows that certain parenting responses work better than others- particularly when a child has a chronic medical issue like CF.
Here are some research articles that discuss the important relationship between parenting styles, medical adherence and quality of life. Please be patient when you click on the links- some might take a moment to open.