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

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dc.contributor.advisor Compas, Bruce E.
dc.contributor.author Hus, Anna Maria
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-13T17:24:25Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-13T17:24:25Z
dc.date.issued 2009-04-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/4526
dc.description.abstract Questionnaire 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.sponsorship Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.subject pediatric cancer en_US
dc.subject anxiety en_US
dc.subject communication en_US
dc.subject parent-child en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Stress (Psychology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Adjustment (Psychology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mother and child. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cancer in children -- Psychological aspects. en_US
dc.title Parents and Children Coping with Pediatric Cancer: Associations Between Parent and Child Anxiety, and Parent-Child Communication en_US
dc.title.alternative Communication and emotional distress en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.college College of Arts & Science en_US
dc.description.school Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.description.department Psychological Sciences en_US


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