Child-rearing in the context of childhood cancer: Perspectives of parents and professionals

Title

Child-rearing in the context of childhood cancer: Perspectives of parents and professionals

Creator

Long KA; Keeley L; Reiter-Purtill J; Vannatta K; Gerhardt CA; Noll RB

Identifier

Publisher

Pediatric Blood & Cancer

Date

2013

Subject

psychosocial; Pediatric; cancer; parenting; childhood; Child Rearing

Description

Background Elevated distress has been well documented among parents of children with cancer. Family systems theories suggest that cancer-related stressors and parental distress have the potential to affect child-rearing practices, but this topic has received limited empirical attention. The present work examined self-reported child-rearing practices among mothers and fathers of children with cancer and matched comparisons. Procedure Medical and psychosocial professionals with expertise in pediatric oncology selected items from the Child-Rearing Practices Report (CRPR) likely to differentiate parents of children with cancer from matched comparison parents. Then, responses on these targeted items were compared between parents of children with cancer (94 mothers, 67 fathers) and matched comparisons (98 mothers, 75 fathers). Effect sizes of between-group differences were compared for mothers versus fathers. Results Pediatric oncology healthcare providers predicted that 14 items would differentiate child-rearing practices of parents of children with cancer from parents of typically developing children. Differences emerged on six of the 14 CRPR items. Parents of children with cancer reported higher levels of spoiling and concern about their child's health and development than comparison parents. Items assessing overprotection and emotional responsiveness did not distinguish the two groups of parents. The effect size for the group difference between mothers in the cancer versus comparison groups was significantly greater than that for fathers on one item related to worry about the child's health. Conclusion Parents of children with cancer report differences in some, but not all, domains of child-rearing, as predicted by healthcare professionals. Pediatr Blood Cancer © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
2013

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Type

Journal Article

Citation

Long KA; Keeley L; Reiter-Purtill J; Vannatta K; Gerhardt CA; Noll RB, “Child-rearing in the context of childhood cancer: Perspectives of parents and professionals,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed December 5, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14637.

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