Adjustment of Children With Cancer and Their Caregivers: Moderating Influences of Family Functioning

Bernard F. Fuemmeler, Ronald T. Brown, Laura Williams, Julio Barredo

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Abstract

This study examined the associations between repressive adaptation (characterized by low levels of self-reported distress, high levels of defensive responding, and high levels of restraint) and perceived family functioning on the self-reported adjustment of children with cancer and their caregivers. Perceived quality of family relationships and supportiveness among family members were examined as a potential moderator on the association between repressive adaptation and self-reported adjustment. Participants were 58 children surviving cancer and their caregivers. We conducted a multiple regression analysis to determine if perceived family relationships characterized by support would buffer the influence of repressive adaptation on self-reported adjustment difficulties. Results showed that the variable of perceived family relationships characterized by support moderated the association between repressive adaptation and adjustment for caregivers but not for children. Family relationship support served to buffer the negative association that high levels of repressive adaptation have on self-reported adjustment. Recommendations for intervention on a family-systems level are provided as well as directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-276
Number of pages14
JournalFamilies, Systems and Health
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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