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Psychoonkologia
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The family of a child with leukemia – the perspective of the mother

Katarzyna Kichler
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Martyna Hnatyszyn

Psychoonkologia 2015, 4: 169–174
Online publish date: 2016/03/10
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A child, who suffers from cancer, is a kind of a patient, who is too immature to understand the situation of his or her illness properly by attributing it the right meaning. During the treatment, a relation with parents helps the patient to estimate his or her situation. This survey aimed to present psychological functioning of a mother of a terminally ill child. The focus was directed on coping with stress, the sources of social support and the features of a family system. Additionally, the survey presents the marital relationship both from mother and father perspective. The results of the survey illustrate a great amount of resources such as: problem-focused coping with stress, marital communication based on support, commitment and mutual empathy. A properly functioning mother is undoubtedly a great help with dealing with her daughter’s illness.
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leukemia, stress and coping, marital relationship, mother’s perspective, child’s illness

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