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Long-term life satisfaction and fear of intimacy in siblings of pediatric cancer patients

26 July 2013


This study evaluated the impacts of pediatric cancer on siblings of pediatric cancer patients. Specifically, it looked at the ways in which having had a sibling with cancer might impact one’s level of life satisfaction, fear of intimacy, and parental bonding. A college aged sample of 40 participants was used to evaluate these impacts utilizing both a sibling and control group. Results indicated that siblings and controls did not differ significantly in these areas. However, siblings demonstrated a significant negative relationship between fear of intimacy and life satisfaction whereas this relationship was not significant for controls. In addition siblings were significantly less likely to report feeling that relationships were safe than controls. Overall, the results indicate the need for further research and understanding into the impacts of pediatric cancer on siblings.


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