Description and adequacy of parental coping behaviours in childhood leukaemia


Description and adequacy of parental coping behaviours in childhood leukaemia


Patistea E


International Journal Of Nursing Studies




PedPal Lit; Acute; Lymphocytic; Adaptation; L1/psychology/therapy Life Change Events Male Middle Aged Nursing Methodology Research Parents/education/psychology Professional-Family Relations Questionnaires Self Concept Sex Factors Social Support; Pediatric HumansLeukemia; Preschool Communication Family Health Fear Female Greece Hospitals; Psychological Adolescent Adult Analysis of VarianceAttitude to Health Child Child


This investigation explored how parents perceived the child's leukaemia and how well coped with it. Forty-one mothers and 30 fathers recruited from the largest Hellenic paediatric hospital were asked to answer closed and open-ended questions and to complete the Coping Health Inventory for Parents [CHIP]. Most of the participants perceived the child's disease as a serious and threatening situation. The strategies aimed at maintaining family strength and an optimistic outlook were ranked as being the most helpful. Using specific criteria, it became evident that, overall, the subjects coped well. Neither gender nor spousal differences were found in the variables examined. Implications for health-related research, theory and practitioners are addressed.


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Patistea E, “Description and adequacy of parental coping behaviours in childhood leukaemia,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 22, 2024,