Parental coping and emotional distress in relation to the quality of life of adolescent cancer in remission

Carmina Castellano, José Sánchez de Toledo, Tomás Blasco, Lluís Gros, Lluís Capdevila, Marta Pérez-Campdepadrós

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Purpose: To explore whether Health- Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) in a sample of adolescent survivors of childhood cancer is related to parental coping and/ or parental emotional distress. Methods: Sixty-two participants (31 adolescent survivors of childhood cancer and 31 parents) completed several questionnaires in a cross-sectional study. HRQoL was assessed using the SF-12v2 questionnaire. Parental coping styles were assessed using the COPE (dispositional version); and their emotional distress with regard to the oncological experience was assessed by means of two 5-point numeric scales. Medical and demographical data were obtained from medical records. Results: The parental coping style of engagement explained 25% of the variance in mental component dimension of HRQoL of adolescent survivors of childhood cancer (ß =-,500;p =,004). Conclusions: HRQoL of adolescent survivors of childhood cancer does not depend only of their own determinants. The family context will play a major role in their adaptation. Therefore it is necessary to take care of the needs of both patients and their parents, encouraging a greater adjustment to the remission phase, helping them to reduce the emotional distress after the end of treatment, and somehow, fostering a better and faster adjustment to the situation of the whole family.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-431
JournalPsicooncologia
Volume7
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010

Keywords

  • Adolescent survivors of childhood cancer
  • Coping styles
  • Emotional distress
  • Parents
  • Quality of life

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Parental coping and emotional distress in relation to the quality of life of adolescent cancer in remission'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this