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Adolescents' emotional reactions to parental cancer: effect on emotional and behavioral problems

Donofrio, S., Hoekstra, H. J., van der Graaf, W. T. A., van de Wiel, H. B. M., Visser, A., Huizinga, G. A. & Hoekstra-Weebers, J. E. H. M., Apr-2011, In : JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC PSYCHOLOGY. 36, 3, p. 346-359 14 p.

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OBJECTIVES: We examined adolescents' emotional reactions to parental cancer and explored relationships between emotional reactions and adolescents' emotional/behavioral problems. METHODS: Two studies were performed: retrospective and prospective. A total of 221 adolescents (105 sons) of 138 patients (retrospective) and 70 adolescents (31 sons) of 70 patients (prospective) participated. Adolescents reported on cancer-specific uncertainty, loneliness, helplessness and positive emotions (Situation-Specific Emotional Reactions Questionnaire), and filled in the Youth Self-Report once retrospectively during the period of 1-5 year(s) after diagnosis and three times prospectively during the first year (4 months post-diagnosis, 6 and 12 months after T1). RESULTS: Emotional reactions were similar between pro- and retrospective studies. Prospectively, uncertainty and helplessness decreased over time. Uncertainty and loneliness related significantly to adolescents' dysfunction (prospective and retrospective). Relationships between emotions and functioning were stronger and more often significant for daughters. Prospectively, adolescents' post-diagnosis emotional reactions were largely unrelated to later functioning. CONCLUSIONS: Uncertainty and loneliness related to adolescents' emotional and behavioral problems. Daughters' emotions seem more strongly related to functioning than sons'
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-359
Number of pages14
JournalJOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC PSYCHOLOGY
Volume36
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr-2011

    Keywords

  • adolescents, emotional reactions, parental cancer, uncertainty, PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS, FAMILY RESILIENCE, BREAST-CANCER, CHILDREN, ILLNESS, COMMUNICATION, UNCERTAINTY, ADJUSTMENT, ADAPTATION, DEPRESSION

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