Impact of childhood cancer on healthy school-age siblings.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Martinson, IM; Gilliss, C; Colaizzo, DC; Freeman, M; Bossert, E

Published Date

  • June 1990

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 183 - 190

PubMed ID

  • 2354431

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-9804

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0162-220X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00002820-199006000-00008


  • eng