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Publications [#272723] of Bernard F. Fuemmeler

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  1. Brown, RT; Fuemmeler, B; Anderson, D; Jamieson, S; Simonian, S; Hall, RK; Brescia, F (2007). Adjustment of children and their mothers with breast cancer.. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 32(3), 297-308. [16837738], [doi]
    (last updated on 2019/02/13)

    OBJECTIVE: To examine the adjustment of children of mothers with both active and nonactive breast cancers in comparison with a healthy community control sample. METHODS: Participants included 80 mothers and their children. Half of the mothers had breast cancer or a history of breast cancer. Children in both groups ranged in age from 8 to 19 years. Assessments included measures of maternal stressors and resources, maternal and child adjustment and posttraumatic stress, and maternal coping and illness uncertainty reported by both mothers and their children. RESULTS: Few differences were found between the groups, although there was a trend for girls of mothers with breast cancer to have a higher frequency of depressive symptoms. Children of mothers who perceived support from friends and family had fewer depressive symptoms, after we controlled for child gender. CONCLUSIONS: The social support perceived by mothers with breast cancer may serve as a protective factor for their children's psychological adjustment.

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