Interpersonal Distance and Coping in Children With HIV and Cancer

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

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Abstract

We compared interpersonal distance and coping among two groups of pre-school pediatric patients diagnosed with either HIV or cancer and a third group of healthy children. In comparison to the children with cancer, children with HIV indicated greater mother-child interpersonal distance--a finding that correlated with mothers' reports of social withdrawal. Other notable findings included increased father-child distance in the HIV population and mother-child discrepancies of perceived interpersonal distance. In addition, seven of the children with HIV indicated that the adults turn away--a finding that correlated with the children's knowledge of their illness. We also explored the possible role of protective communication in the pediatric HIV population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-131
Number of pages13
JournalChildren's Health Care
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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