publication . Article . 2007

Trajectories of Adjustment in Mothers of Children with Newly Diagnosed Cancer: A Natural History Investigation

Martha A. Askins; Robert B. Noll; Michael J. Dolgin; James W. Varni; Olle Jane Z. Sahler; Sean Phipps; Ernest R. Katz; Diane L. Fairclough; Robert W. Butler;
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  • Published: 29 Jan 2007 Journal: Journal of Pediatric Psychology, volume 32, pages 771-782 (issn: 0146-8693, eissn: 1465-735X, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Objectives The objectives of this study were (a) to assess negative affectivity and posttraumatic symptomatology in mothers following the diagnosis of cancer in their children; (b) to examine sociodemographic and psychosocial variables associated with change in distress over time; and (c) to identify distinct subgroups of mothers whose patterns and trajectories of adjustment can be distinguished according to available predictor data. Methods Two hundred and twelve mothers at seven sites were assessed just following their child's diagnosis, and again 3 months and 6 months later. Primary outcomes included measures of mood disturbance, depressive symptoms, and symp...
free text keywords: Psychiatry, medicine.medical_specialty, medicine, Natural history, El Niño, Mood, Psychosocial, Negative affectivity, Distress, Profile of mood states, Severity of illness, Psychology
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