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Manne S , Duhamel K , Redd WH
Association of psychological vulnerability factors to post-traumatic stress symptomatology in mothers of pediatric cancer survivors
Psycho-Oncology.. 2000 Sep-Oct;9(5) :372-84
PMID: 2001005903   
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Abstract
Investigated whether individual differences in coping style, lifetime experience of traumatic events, perceived social support, and perceived social constraints were associated with symptoms of post-traumatic stress among 72 mothers (age 22-58 yrs) of children (aged 5-23 yrs) who had successfully completed cancer treatment. Results suggested that more perceived social constraints and less perceived belonging support were associated with significantly more post-traumatic stress symptomatology, and this association was present after controlling for the effects of child age. Monitoring coping style and lifetime traumatic events were not significantly predictive of post-traumatic stress symptoms. The results of this study indicate that a sense of belonging to a social network as well as comfort expressing cancer-related thoughts and feelings to friends and family may play a key role in mothers' long-term adjustment to this extremely difficult life experience. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2002 APA, all rights reserved).
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