Relationship of external influence to parental distress in decision making regarding children with a life-threatening illness.

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Journal Article

To examine the relationship of external influence to parental distress when making a decision about research or treatment for a child with a life-threatening illness and to test potential moderators of this relationship.Parents (n = 219) who made a decision about research or treatment for a child completed measures of external influence, distress, decision-making preference, and coping.More external influence was associated with more hostility, uncertainty, and confusion. Decision-making preference and coping style moderated the relationship between external influence and distress: More external influence was associated with more distress when decision-making preference was low and task-focused coping was high.External influence appears to be related to distress in parents making research and treatment decisions for children with life-threatening illnesses. However, it is important to consider parent characteristics, such as decision-making preference and coping style, when examining the effects of contextual factors on distress during decision making.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Miller, VA; Luce, MF; Nelson, RM

Published Date

  • November 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 1102 - 1112

PubMed ID

  • 21693541

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21693541

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1465-735X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0146-8693

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/jpepsy/jsr033

Language

  • eng