Adaptational process of parents of pediatric oncology patients


Adaptational process of parents of pediatric oncology patients


Yeh CH; Lee TT; Chen ML; Li W


Pediatric Hematology And Oncology




Child; Female; Humans; Male; Adult; Data Collection; Aged; Middle Aged; Family Relations; Religion; Family Health; adolescent; Preschool; Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support; Adaptation; Psychological; Caregivers/psychology; infant; Parents/psychology; Psychological; Stress; social support; Neoplasms/psychology; Taiwan/ethnology


This study, based on grounded theory, explores the adaptational process of parents of pediatric oncology patients. Thirty-two Taiwanese parents (26 mothers and 6 fathers) were interviewed. Data were collected through individual in-depth and focus group interviews, observations, medical chart review, nurses' note, and researchers' reflexive journals. The findings suggest that parents adapt to their children's cancer by a dynamic process; i.e., they modify their coping tasks and related strategies as clinical events (e.g., diagnosis, side effects, relapses, or death) occur. This adaptational process consisted of five components: confronting treatment, maintaining family integrity, establishing support, maintaining emotional well-being, and searching for spiritual meaning. Related factors such as coping tasks are described.


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Yeh CH; Lee TT; Chen ML; Li W, “Adaptational process of parents of pediatric oncology patients,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed August 12, 2022,

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