Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Psychological adjustment among children of women with breast cancer: Mothers' perspectives on disclosure
by Keeler, Rachel, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 62; 1466108
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of breast cancer on children of breast cancer patients. The focus was on school-age children who lived with their mother during the course of treatment. Mothers and mental health professionals gave their perspectives on how children responded behaviorally, emotionally, and academically to having a parent with breast cancer. The researcher also investigated the effect, if any, that adult and/or child cancer support groups had on the children.

Throughout the literature, it has been reported that children experience a great deal of confusion about breast cancer. It has been reported that children of breast cancer patients show a high level of behavioral and psychological difficulties. They have also exhibited lower self-esteem.

The results of this study indicated that 40% of participants reported the children had difficulty focusing in class. The majority of participants said that being honest and open was critical in helping children cope with their mother's diagnosis/treatment.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lam, Brian
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Clinical psychology
Publication Number: 1466108
ISBN: 978-1-109-16392-6
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