Method Matters: Comparing Cancer-Related Adjustment of Siblings to Norms and Well-matched Peers
Saori C Tomatsu, Caroline Stanley, Rowena Conroy, Melissa A Alderfer
JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC PSYCHOLOGY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2021
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to better understand conflicting findings in the literature regarding the adjustment of siblings of children with cancer by examining, in a single sample, differences in patterns of results as a function of reporter and comparator used (i.e., population norms, demographically matched classmates). METHOD: Self- and parent-report standardized measures of depression, anxiety, and behavioral problems were collected for 67 siblings and 67 demographically matched classmates. Comparisons were made to norms and controls. RESULTS: Siblings consistently demonstrated poorer psychosocial functioning than their demographically matched peers across all measures but..View full abstract
Awarded by American Cancer Society
This work was supported by the American Cancer Society (grant number MRSG 05-213 CPPB to M.A.A).