A mixed methods assessment of coping with pediatric cancer

Aimee K. Hildenbrand, Melissa A. Alderfer, Janet A. Deatrick, Meghan L. Marsac

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The purpose of this study was to describe child coping and parent coping assistance with cancer-related stressors during treatment. Fifteen children (age 6-12) with cancer and their parents (N = 17) completed semistructured interviews and self-report measures to assess coping and coping assistance. Results suggest families utilized a broad array of approach and avoidance strategies to manage cancer and its treatment. Quantitative and qualitative assessments provided complementary and unique contributions to understanding coping among children with cancer and their parents. Using a mixed methods approach to assess coping provides a richer understanding of families' experiences, which can better inform clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-58
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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Funding Information:
This manuscript was supported in part by a Mentored Career Award grant 1K23MH093618-01A1 from the National Institute of Mental Health.


  • childhood cancer
  • coping
  • coping assistance
  • mixed methods
  • pediatric cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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