How are families affected by childhood cancer?
Wilson, Laura Rebecca
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The objective of this research study sets out to examine how are families affected by childhood cancer? Development within scientific research linked to treatment and care have seen survival rates increased for children diagnosed with cancer. However, childhood cancer does not just impact the child diagnosed but affects all individuals involved with the family. Secondary analysis was carried out using pre-existing literature, selecting four studies to examine in-depth and provide a holistic insight into family life when dealing with a diagnosis. A mixed methods approach was used combining qualitative and quantitative research to give greater understanding of the impact childhood cancer had on family life by combing the strengths of the approaches. Findings identified that families were negatively affected by childhood cancer with many parents struggling with the increased pressure to provide a normal life for themselves and their children. Research identified that parents were likely to have higher psychological distress soon after a diagnosis which related to having little social support or lower financial income. Also, there was a correlation between family functioning and children’s attachment with their primary caregivers. A limitation of the study can be linked with the number of participants used within the articles and the inexperience of the student researcher. A positive element of this review identified that families do overcome the stress and turmoil which was linked to family support.
BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care
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