Communicating oncofertility to children: A developmental perspective for teaching health messages

E. Wartella*, A. R. Lauricella, L. B. Hurwitz

*Corresponding author for this work

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Communicating basic health information to children is often a difficult task. It can be particularly challenging with young children, as they know very little about their bodies and struggle to comprehend abstract or hypothetical reasoning. As children get older, they know more about their bodies and health, but talking about complex medical issues and health remains difficult. As oncofertility is a new field that lies at the intersection of oncology and fertility, communicating oncofertility information to children requires not only clear, developmentally appropriate explanations of both health- and medicine-related to cancer but also the discussion of sexuality, fertility, and reproduction. In this chapter, we provide a developmental perspective about what children already know about their bodies and reproductive systems, background on how media is used to communicate health messages to children, and recommendations for how oncofertility experts can use media to educate young audiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOncofertility Communication
Subtitle of host publicationSharing Information and Building Relationships Across Disciplines
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781461482352
ISBN (Print)9781461482345
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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