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  1. Martinson, I. M. and Gilliss, C. and Colaizzo, D. C. and Freeman, M. and Bossert, E., Impact of childhood cancer on healthy school-age siblings., Cancer nursing, vol. 13 no. 3 (June, 1990), pp. 183-90, ISSN 0162-220X
    (last updated on 2011/01/30)

    One part of a study on the effects of childhood cancer on families focused on the emotional reactions of school-age siblings. The authors identify themes in the siblings' feelings taken from transcripts of interviews with them. Responses were categorized as experience of diagnosis and hospitalization; awareness of prognosis and mortality; need for information; continuing effect of disease or death on the well child; correct understanding of cancer; and hopes and desires for the future. The responses were grouped either in a sibling with a living child category or sibling with a deceased child category. From their analysis, the authors present implications for nurses' interactions with these children: children's need for information; their feelings of being displaced and unimportant; need for encouraging involvement in the life of the ill child. The authors also identify additional questions that could direct future nursing research.

    Adult • Attitude to Death • Attitude to Health • Child • Child, Preschool • Family • Female • Hospitalization • Humans • Interview, Psychological • Male • Middle Aged • Neoplasms • Patient Education as Topic • Prognosis • Sibling Relations* • diagnosis • psychology* • therapy