Perceived social support, coping, and benefit finding abilities among campers at an oncology summer camp program

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Bridget Colette Ryan (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Ethan Schilling

Abstract: Survival rates for pediatric cancer have increased over recent years due to improvement and changes in cancer treatment. However, even with increased survival rates, previous research has shown that children undergoing treatment and pediatric cancer survivors often experience deleterious effects as a result. Children with cancer and childhood cancer survivors experience negative physical, cognitive and academic, emotional, and social effects stemming from a cancer diagnosis and undergoing treatment. Therefore, it is important to examine the coping strategies and positive supports children with cancer utilize to deal with these stressors. One support available to children with cancer and their families is pediatric oncology camp programs. In recent years, there has been an increase in the research related to pediatric oncology camp programs and the services they provide for children with cancer and their families. The current study will expand on the current literature related to pediatric oncology camp programs and their effectiveness in supporting children with cancer by examining the self-reported levels of social support, coping, and benefit finding among children attending a children’s oncology summer camp program.

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Language: English
Date: 2017
Camp, Cancer, Child
Cancer in children -- Psychological aspects
Cancer in children -- Social aspects
Cancer -- Patients -- Family relationships
Self-help groups
Tumors in children

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