Adjustment of children and their mothers with breast cancer.


Journal Article

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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Cited Authors

  • Brown, RT; Fuemmeler, B; Anderson, D; Jamieson, S; Simonian, S; Hall, RK; Brescia, F

Published Date

  • April 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 297 - 308

PubMed ID

  • 16837738

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16837738

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0146-8693

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/jpepsy/jsl015


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States