A Proposal to Examine Possible Behavioral and Social Problems of Children of Different Ages with Cancer
Waller, Lindsey M.
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Advances in the treatment of cancer have improved the survival rates of children diagnosed with this disease. Adjustment to living with the disease varies for each patient; every child and family uses various methods of coping with the illness. Treatments necessary to rid the body of the disease cause not only physical side effects, but psychological side effects as well. However, the amount of impact the disease has on a pediatric cancer patient depends greatly on the age at which the child is diagnosed. Erik Erikson's psychosocial stages of development is proposed as a framework from which behavioral or social problems of the patient can be predicted. A proposal for a study focusing on these problems for a child and adolescent group of cancer patients is presented. Possible results for the study are discussed, as well as options for future studies examining the effects cancer has on children.