Behavioral management of children's distress during chemotherapy

Lynnda M. Dahlquist, Karen M. Gil, F. Daniel Armstrong, Amy Ginsberg, Barbara Jones

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Three children, aged 11-14, undergoing cancer chemotherapy were coached in cue-controlled muscle relaxation, controlled breathing, pleasant imagery and positive self-talk during chemotherapy venopunctures. Using a multiple baseline across subjects design, 46-68% reductions from baseline levels of observed behavioral distress during venopunctures were found during intervention. Medical personnel and self-report ratings of the children's distress during venopunctures also decreased during intervention. Parental ratings of children's distress, however, did not change. Methodological issues in inpatient treatment of cancer patients and the self-report assessment of children's distress are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-329
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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