Changes in Mothers' basic beliefs following a child's bone marrow transplantation: The role of prior trauma and negative life events

Christine Rini, Sharon Manne, Katherine N. Duhamel, Jane Austin, Jamie Ostroff, Farid Boulad, Susan K. Parsons, Richard Martini, Sharon Williams, Laura Mee, Sandra Sexson, William H. Redd

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This longitudinal study examined the relation between life stress and basic beliefs about self-worth and the benevolence and meaningfulness of the world among mothers of children undergoing bone marrow transplantation (BMT). One hundred mothers completed study measures during the child's hospitalization for BMT and 1 year later. Prior trauma and recent negative events were associated with basic beliefs during hospitalization and also with changes in basic beliefs in the subsequent year, with distress mediating some of these relations. Findings also demonstrated relations between basic beliefs and physical and mental functioning. However, each basic belief exhibited different relations with study variables, suggesting the need to investigate them separately.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-333
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2004
Externally publishedYes



  • adaptation
  • life events
  • mothers
  • severe stress
  • trauma
  • world assumptions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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