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Thesis

Psychosocial factors impacting pediatric cancer survivorship

13 December 2000

Abstract

There are increasing numbers of adults who are survivors of childhood cancer.
This literature review focuses on the psychosocial sequelae of that survivorship.
Theoretical models of adjustment as well as empirically based models of
psychosocial factors which impact pediatric cancer survivorship are discussed.
Although most studies in the past two decades have found pediatric survivors
and their parents suffer no long-term psychological effects from the disease
course, contradictory studies suggest certain children are predisposed to increased psychological distress, as are many parents of survivors. With pediatric cancer survivors emerging into adulthood, medical and psychological
late effects related to the disease and its treatment become more salient. Clinical implications for psychologists who work with this population are discussed, along with suggested future directions for research.


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