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Parents and Children Coping with Pediatric Cancer: Associations Between Parent and Child Anxiety, and Parent-Child Communication

dc.contributor.advisorCompas, Bruce E.
dc.contributor.authorHus, Anna Maria
dc.description.abstractQuestionnaire and observational measures were used to examine psychological anxiety in mothers of children coping with pediatric cancer and its association with child anxiety and mother-child communication. Ninety-seven mothers completed measures assessing mothers’ generalized anxiety, posttraumatic stress symptoms, avoidance, and children’s distress. Adolescents also provided data on their anxiety. Of these 97 mothers and their child, 33 participated in a parent-child observation task assessing maternal anxiety, avoidance, warmth, communication, and child anxiety. Mothers’ symptoms of posttraumatic stress, rather than generalized anxiety, were elevated above normative levels. Observed maternal anxiety and avoidance were significantly associated. In both samples, maternal and child anxiety as reported by the mother was positively and significantly correlated. Implications, limitations, and directions for future research are discussed.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciencesen_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subjectpediatric canceren_US
dc.subject.lcshStress (Psychology)en_US
dc.subject.lcshAdjustment (Psychology)en_US
dc.subject.lcshMother and child.en_US
dc.subject.lcshCancer in children -- Psychological aspects.en_US
dc.titleParents and Children Coping with Pediatric Cancer: Associations Between Parent and Child Anxiety, and Parent-Child Communicationen_US
dc.title.alternativeCommunication and emotional distressen_US
dc.description.collegeCollege of Arts & Scienceen_US
dc.description.schoolVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.description.departmentPsychological Sciencesen_US

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