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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Dunn, Madeleine Jackson
Author's Email Address madeleine.dunn@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-03262009-102136
Title Psychological Distress in Mothers and Fathers of Children with Cancer: Posttraumatic Stress, Depression, and Anxiety Symptoms
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bruce E. Compas Committee Chair
Megan M. Saylor Committee Member
Keywords
  • childhood cancer
  • parents
  • PTSS
  • psychological distress
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Sick children -- Family relationships
  • Parent and child
  • Cancer in children -- Psychological aspects
Date of Defense 2009-03-30
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The current study examined posttraumatic stress (PTSS), depression, and anxiety symptoms in a sample of mothers and fathers of children with cancer. Mothers (n = 153) and fathers (n = 76) of 154 children with cancer completed self-report measures of psychological distress between 12 and 108 days after their child’s initial diagnosis or most recent date of relapse. Descriptive statistics and distributions of psychological symptoms were examined in detail. Significant relations among symptoms, demographic variables, and medical variables were relatively few in number and small in magnitude. Comparisons demonstrated that lower socioeconomic status and being a single parent may be risk factors for elevated psychological distress. The current findings suggest that a large percentage of mothers and fathers experience clinically-significant elevations in acute PTSS less than 4 months after their child’s diagnosis, but that these parents are generally not at risk for elevated depressive and generalized anxiety symptoms.
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