Adaptational process of parents of pediatric oncology patients
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
*Adaptation, Psychological; Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Caregivers; Child; Child, Preschool; Data Collection; Family Health; Family Relations; Female; Humans; Infant; Male; Middle Aged; Neoplasms; Parents; Religion; Social Support; Stress, Psychological; Taiwan
Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Oncology | Pediatrics
This study, based on grounded theory, explores the adaptational process of parents of pediatric oncology patients. Thirty-two Taiwanese parents (26 mothers and 6 fathers) were interviewed. Data were collected through individual in-depth and focus group interviews, observations, medical chart review, nurses' note, and researchers' reflexive journals. The findings suggest that parents adapt to their children's cancer by a dynamic process; i.e., they modify their coping tasks and related strategies as clinical events (e.g., diagnosis, side effects, relapses, or death) occur. This adaptational process consisted of five components: confronting treatment, maintaining family integrity, establishing support, maintaining emotional well-being, and searching for spiritual meaning. Related factors such as coping tasks are described.
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Citation: Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2000 Mar;17(2):119-31. Link to article on publisher's site
Yeh, Chao-Hsing; Lee, Ting-Ting; Chen, Mei-Ling; and Li, Wenjun, "Adaptational process of parents of pediatric oncology patients" (2000). Preventive and Behavioral Medicine Publications and Presentations. 316.