Family coping with pediatric leukemia: Ten years after treatment

Mary Jo Kupst*, Mario B. Natta, Cathryn C. Richardson, Jerome L. Schulman, John V. Lavigne, Lakshmi Das

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As part of a longitudinal study of family coping with pediatric leukemia, 28 former patients (16 male; 12 female; M age = 19.1 years) and their parents (23 mothers; 12 fathers) participated in a follow-up study at 10 years posttreatment. Measures included the Current Adjustment Rating Scale, the Brief Symptom Inventory, the Ways of Coping Scale, the Family Coping Scale, and a semistruc-tured interview. Long-term survivors and their parents continued to be well-adjusted to life posttreatment. Coping and perceived adjustment in long-term survivors were positively related to socioeconomic status and mother's coping and negatively related to academic problems. A strong bidirectional relationship was found between survivors' and mother's adjustment. Coping strategies were variable and not significantly correlated with coping adequacy or adjustment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)601-617
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of pediatric psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1995


  • Family coping
  • Long-term survivors
  • Mothers' adjustment
  • Pediatric leukemia
  • Predictors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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