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Publications [#272701] of Bernard F. Fuemmeler

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  1. Fuemmeler, BF; Mullins, LL; Van Pelt, J; Carpentier, MY; Parkhurst, J (2005). Posttraumatic stress symptoms and distress among parents of children with cancer. Children'S Health Care, 34(4), 289-303. [doi]
    (last updated on 2019/02/13)

    In this study, we compared levels of posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) and general psychological distress between parents of childhood cancer survivors and parents of children with Type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM1). In this study, we also examined potential risk factors for PTSS. Participants included 47 parents of childhood cancer survivors and 31 parents of children with DM1. Participants completed self-report measures of posttraumatic stress, general psychological distress, coping strategies, social network size, and perceived illness uncertainty. Findings revealed that parents of children surviving cancer reported higher levels of PTSS and general distress than parents of children with DM1. In the total sample, lower levels of emotion-focused coping and greater perceived uncertainty were associated with increased frequency of both PTSS and general psychological distress after we accounted for demographic and illness variables. Having a child with cancer may increase the risk for experiencing PTSS. Interventions are warranted that focus specifically on the reduction of PTSS in parents of children surviving cancer. Copyright © 2005, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

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