Coping and communication among parents and children with human immunodeficiency virus and cancer

Marjorie S. Hardy, F. DANIEL Armstrong, Donald K. Routh, Johanna Albrecht, Joanna Davis

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Coping strategies and communication of three groups of 20 preschool children and their parents were compared. One group was composed of children infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who displayed clinical symptoms of the disease; the second group was composed of children diagnosed with cancer; and the third group was composed of healthy children. Results indicated that the parents of children with life-threatening illnesses reported greater degrees of wishful thinking than did control subjects. Furthermore, parents of children with HIV reported more wishful thinking than did parents of children with cancer. Finally, significantly more children with cancer were aware of their diagnosis than were children with HIV. The findings in this study suggest coping and communication difficulties for parents and children with HIV. J Dev Behav Pediatr 15:S49-S53, 1994. Index terms: Coping, pediatric cancer, pediatric acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S54
JournalJournal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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