Journal article

How Parents of Childhood Cancer Survivors Perceive Support From Their Extended Families

L Kelada, CE Wakefield, L Carlson, K Hetherington, BC McGill, MC McCarthy, G Miles, RJ Cohn, UM Sansom-Daly

Journal of Child and Family Studies | Published : 2019


Objectives: Childhood cancer has a profound impact on parents and family relationships. After their child’s diagnosis, parents commonly require support from their extended family members including their own parents and siblings. Limited research has assessed how parents draw upon their extended families for support after diagnosis. Importantly, support–or lack of support–offered by extended family members may change family relationships. We aimed to assess how parents, after their child’s diagnosis: perceive the support they received from their extended family; and describe changes to relationships with extended family members. Methods: We interviewed 35 parents of childhood cancer survivors..

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