The Effects of Group Therapy on Siblings of Pediatric Oncology Patients

Title

The Effects of Group Therapy on Siblings of Pediatric Oncology Patients

Creator

Heiney SP; Goon-Johnson K; Ettinger RS; Ettinger S

Publisher

Journal Of Pediatric Oncology Nursing

Date

1990

Subject

sibling bereavement

Description

The stress and psychological difficulties of siblings of children with cancer is well documented. Siblings must cope with a myriad of emotions, isolation from the family, and many changes in daily life. Therefore, a need exists to determine the effects of psychosocial interventions on siblings of cancer patients. The support group is one psychosocial intervention that has been suggested as a method to relieve stress and enhance coping. A quasi-experimental design was selected to determine the effects of participation in a support group on the social adjustment of siblings of children with cancer. Conclusions suggest that a support group provides siblings with the opportunity to decrease their sense of isolation, ventilate negative feelings, and learn from each other. Additionally, descriptive data suggest a need for ongoing follow-up with siblings to help them manage the stresses emerging from the impact of the diagnosis and treatment on the family. Implications of this study suggest that nurses should organize support groups for siblings and/or refer them to existing groups. Also, this study suggests the need to work with siblings and educate parents regarding sibling concerns.
1990-07

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation

Heiney SP; Goon-Johnson K; Ettinger RS; Ettinger S, “The Effects of Group Therapy on Siblings of Pediatric Oncology Patients,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 15, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/12395.