Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Walter G. Klopfer
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Psychology
1 online resource (147 p.)
Children, Cancer -- Patients
This exploratory study examines five families in which one parent was ill with cancer and in which there was a 5-to 8-year-old child. To understand the adaptation to the illness (and, in the case of three families, to the death of the ill parent) of the focus child was the principal aim of the study. The circumstances existing around the time of the illness and death of the parent were seen as particularly important in determining how the child viewed these events. Areas such as substitute caregivers, family routines, information given to the child, and the child's participation in, apparent understanding of and preparation for occurrences were some of the areas studied.
Buell, Joan Strong, "Environmental and psychological factors surrounding children of cancer patients : an exploratory study" (1981). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3196.