Associations of Maternal Macro- and Micro-Level Communication Styles and Child Emotions During Parent-Child Discussions About Children’s Cancer

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dc.contributor.advisor Compas, Bruce E.
dc.contributor.author Hughart, Leighann
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-29T12:55:30Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-29T12:55:30Z
dc.date.issued 2011-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/4803
dc.description.abstract Previous research indicates that children with pediatric cancer may be at risk for both short-term and long-term emotional difficulties including anxiety and depression. Parent communication may guide a child in successfully coping with stressful experiences related to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, which can ultimately influence the child’s ability to cope and adjust to challenges posed by the illness. The current study aims to identify what aspects of maternal parent communication patterns may heighten or relieve child pediatric cancer patients’ anxiety about cancer. Sixty-two mother-child dyads of families with children diagnosed with cancer were recruited to participate in this two-site study. Mothers and children 10 years of age or older were asked to complete questionnaire packets pertaining to their experience with the illness. All families who completed the packets were then recruited to participate in a video-recorded observation including a communication task that involved a cancer-related discussion. Parent communication techniques and child emotions evident in the conversation were coded. Results indicate that mothers’ linguistic structures of their responses were related to their general communication styles and that these ultimately predicted their child’s mood. 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 child emotion en_US
dc.subject parent communication style en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Stress (Psychology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Adjustment (Psychology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cancer in children -- Patients -- Family relationships en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mother and child en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cancer in children -- Psychological aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Stress in children en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Emotions in children en_US
dc.title Associations of Maternal Macro- and Micro-Level Communication Styles and Child Emotions During Parent-Child Discussions About Children’s Cancer en_US
dc.title.alternative Cancer-related communication styles en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.college Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.description.department Psychological Sciences en_US

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