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There is still so much ahead of us - Family functioning in families of palliative cancer patients

  • Adopting a systems approach, parental cancer has its impact on patients, spouses, and dependent children. The purpose of the current study was to examine family functioning dependent on parental disease stage and on family member perspective in families of cancer patients with adolescent children. The cross-sectional study was conducted within a German multisite research project of families before their first child-centered counseling encounter. The sample comprised individuals nested within N = 169 families. Analyses performed included analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) and intraclass correlation. Open answers were analyzed following quantitative content analysis procedures. Between 15% and 36% of family members reported dysfunctional general functioning scores. Parents indicated more dysfunctional scores on the Family Assessment Device scale Roles, and adolescents more dysfunctional Communication scores. Regarding assessment of family functioning, there was higher agreement in families with parents in a palliative situation. For adolescents with parents in palliation, incidents because of the disease tend to become more dominant, and spending time with the family tends to become even more important. As our study pointed out, parental cancer, and especially parental palliative disease, is associated with both perceived critical and positive aspects in family functioning. Supporting families in these concerns as well as encouraging perceptions of positive aspects are important components of psycho-oncological interventions for families with dependent children.
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Author:Franziska Kühne, Thomas Krattenmacher, Corinna Bergelt, Volker Beierlein, Wolfgang Herzog, Kai V Klitzing, Heike Weschenfelder-Stachwitz, Georg Romer, Birgit Möller
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1037/a0032274
Parent Title (English):Families, systems & health : the journal of collaborative family healthcare
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of Completion:2013
Year of first Publication:2013
Release Date:2020/10/16
GND Keyword:Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Analysis of Variance; Child; Child of Impaired Parents/psychology; Cross-Sectional Studies; Family Relations; Female; Germany; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Neoplasms; Palliative Care; Self Report
Volume:31
First Page:181
Last Page:193
Faculties:Sozialwesen (SW)
Publication list:Möller-Kallista, Birgit
Licence (German):License LogoBibliographische Daten