Parental Psychopathology and Children's Adjustment to Leukemia

RONALD T. BROWN, NADINE J. KASLOW, AVI MADAN-SWAIN, KARLA J. DOEPKE, Sandra Griffin Bishop Sexson, LAUREN J. HILL

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The primary purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between parental psychopathology and psychosocial functioning of children in whom acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) has been diagnosed. The sample consisted of 61 mother-child dyads. Twenty-one (34%) mothers met DSM-III-R criteria for at least one psychiatric disorder based on a Structured Clinical Interview for Diagnosis (SCID). Findings revealed that compared with children whose mothers did not meet DSM-III-R criteria for a psychiatric disorder, children with mothers who evidenced a psychiatric disorder self-reported more anxiety and a maladaptive attributional style and were reported by their mothers as evidencing more depression and a range of internalizing behavioral symptoms. Although our earlier research suggested that ALL children show relatively few symptoms of psychopathology, the present report reveals high rates of psychiatric difficulties in the mothers of ALL youth. These findings and their implications are discussed within a model that incorporates behavioral pediatrics and developmental psychopathology. J. Am. Acad. Child Adolesc. Psychiatry, 1993, 32, 3:554–561.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)554-561
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume32
Issue number3
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StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

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Keywords

  • developmental psychopathology
  • leukemia
  • maternal psychopathology

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Parental Psychopathology and Children's Adjustment to Leukemia. / BROWN, RONALD T.; KASLOW, NADINE J.; MADAN-SWAIN, AVI; DOEPKE, KARLA J.; Sexson, Sandra Griffin Bishop; HILL, LAUREN J.

In: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol. 32, No. 3, 01.01.1993, p. 554-561.

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BROWN, RONALD T. ; KASLOW, NADINE J. ; MADAN-SWAIN, AVI ; DOEPKE, KARLA J. ; Sexson, Sandra Griffin Bishop ; HILL, LAUREN J. / Parental Psychopathology and Children's Adjustment to Leukemia. In: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 1993 ; Vol. 32, No. 3. pp. 554-561.
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