|dc.contributor.author||Wilson, Laura Rebecca||
|dc.description||BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care||en_US
|dc.description.abstract||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.||en_US
|dc.publisher||Cardiff Metropolitan University||en_US
|dc.title||How are families affected by childhood cancer?||en_US