When mom or dad has cancer

II. Coping, cognitive appraisals, and psychological distress in children of cancer patients

Bruce E. Compas, Sydney Ey, Nancy L. Worsham, David C. Howell

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Abstract

Cognitive appraisals and coping were examined in children, adolescents, and young adults (N = 134) faced with the diagnosis of cancer in a parent. All 3 age groups perceived low personal control and high external control over their parent's illness and used relatively little problem-focused coping. Adolescents and young adults reported more emotion-focused coping and dual-focused coping (both problem- and emotion-focused in intent) than did preadolescent children. Stage and prognosis of parent's cancer were related to appraisals of greater seriousness and stressfulness, and to more avoidance; however, only appraisals of stress were related to symptoms of anxiety-depression. Emotion-focused coping was related to greater avoidance and to higher symptoms of anxiety-depression; coping and control beliefs did not interact in their association with anxiety-depression symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-175
Number of pages9
JournalHealth Psychology
Volume15
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1996
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Coping
  • Parental cancer
  • Psychological adjustment
  • Stress

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)

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When mom or dad has cancer : II. Coping, cognitive appraisals, and psychological distress in children of cancer patients. / Compas, Bruce E.; Ey, Sydney; Worsham, Nancy L.; Howell, David C.

In: Health Psychology, Vol. 15, No. 3, 05.1996, p. 167-175.

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Compas, Bruce E. ; Ey, Sydney ; Worsham, Nancy L. ; Howell, David C. / When mom or dad has cancer : II. Coping, cognitive appraisals, and psychological distress in children of cancer patients. In: Health Psychology. 1996 ; Vol. 15, No. 3. pp. 167-175.
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