Families are exposed to considerable stress when a child is diagnosed with cancer. However, research indicates marked variability in psychosocial outcomes among parents and children. Some individuals exhibit social, emotional, or behavioral difficulties, while others may demonstrate resilience or the development of new strengths and competencies. Key medical, individual, and family factors are described in relation to their impact on psychosocial late effects.
This presentation provided an overview of some of the psychosocial issues experienced by families of survivors and the factors associated with both risk and resilience.
Cynthia A. Gerhardt, PhD
Director, Center for Biobehavioral Health, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital,
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH