Lives in a Balance: Perceived Family Functioning and the Psychosocial Adjustment of Adolescent Cancer Survivors

DOUGLAS S. RAIT*, JAMIE S. OSTROFF, KAROLYN SMITH, DAVID F. CELLA, CHARLOTTE TAN, LYNNA M. LESKO

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Abstract

Childhood cancer patients have a greater likelihood of long‐term survival than ever before. This study examined both the perceived family functioning of adolescents who had successfully completed treatment for pediatric cancer and the relationship between family functioning and post‐treatment adjustment. Eighty‐eight adolescent survivors of hematologic malignancies were assessed regarding their family functioning, mental health, self‐esteem, global competence, and problem behaviors. Contrary to expectations about the influence of cancer on these families, adolescent cancer survivors reported lower levels of family cohesion than the normative sample of healthy adolescents and their families. While current age, gender, age at diagnosis, and time since treatment completion were generally not associated with adolescents' adjustment, perceived family cohesion and adaptability were strongly related to post‐treatment psychological adjustment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-397
Number of pages15
JournalFamily process
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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