Psychiatric and Family Functioning in Children with Leukemia and Their Parents

RONALD T. BROWN, NADINE J. KASLOW, ANN P. HAZZARD, AVI MADAN-SWAIN, SANDRA B. SEXSON, RICHARD LAMBERT, KEVIN BALDWIN

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Abstract

The present study reports data from a cross-sectional investigation of the psychiatric and psychosocial functioning of 55 children diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia and their families at three points in time: diagnosis (newly diagnosed), 1 year postdiagnosis, and 1 year after the completion of chemotherapy (off-therapy). Results reveal minimal psychopathology in these children and their parents based on self-and informant-reports and structured diagnostic interviews. These families appear to be functioning adequately and report more family cohesiveness and marital satisfaction after chemotherapy was completed. Coping strategies commonly used by children and their parents include problem-solving, a positive outlook, and good communication. Implications for psychiatric consultation are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-502
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • coping
  • family functioning
  • leukemia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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