Adolescents with Cancer: The Influence of Close Relationships on Quality of Life, Distress, and Health Behaviors

by Melissa Carpentier and Larry Mullins

Table of Contents

List of Statistical Symbols


Chapter 1: Introduction


Chapter 2: Background

The Nature of Cancer

Illness Characteristics

Etiology of Childhood Cancer

Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Course of Childhood Cancer

Survival Rates Among Childhood Cancer Patients

Summary

Child and Adolescent Psychological Adjustment to Cancer

Children and Adolescents Currently Under Treatment for Cancer

Long-Term Childhood Cancer Survivors

Summary

Social Relationships in Childhood/Adolescence

Social Support

Social Networks

Peer Acceptance or Sociometric Status

Friendships

Peer Relationships and Development

The Impact of Cancer on Peer Relationships and Friendships

Social Adjustment With Peers

The Academic Context and Peer Relationships

Peer Support and Adjustment Outcomes

Summary

Health-Related Behavior Among Adolescents With Cancer

Health Behavior Interventions

Summary


Chapter 3: The Present Study


Chapter 4: Methodology

Participants

Instruments

Adolescent-Report Measures

Parent-Report Measures

Adolescent- and Parent-Report Measures

Physician-Report Measure

Other Measures

Procedure


Chapter 5: Results

Overview of Data Analyses

Preliminary Analyses

Primary Analyses

Exploratory Analyses


Chapter 6: Discussion

Strengths and Limitations

Executive Summary


Appendix: Tables Depicting Variables and Relations of Interest

References

Index


 

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