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The need for social support and the health condition of parents of children with cancer

Magdalena Pietnoczko, Stanisława Steuden
DOI: 10.5603/PMPI.2020.0014
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Palliat Med Pract 2020;14(3):157-165.

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Vol 14, No 3 (2020)
Original articles
Published online: 2020-05-22

Abstract

Introduction. Parents of children with cancer are exposed to severe stress which is caused by the process
of medical treatment of their child. Mental stress and physical exhaustion are related to the level of support
received, provided by different social groups. Health problems are mainly visible in the incidence of somatic
symptoms, anxiety and insomnia, functional disorders or symptoms of depression.

Objective. Searching for the relationship between the level of support experienced and the health condition
in parents of children with cancer.

Patients and methods. The surveyed group consisted of N = 86 parents of children with cancer aged
from 21 to 53 years (M = 38.70, SD = 6.48). Women constituted 75.6% of the respondents, whereas
men 24.4%. Social Support Scale by K. Kmiecik-Baran and General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) by D.
Goldberg were used in the survey.

Results and conclusions. The analyses conducted allowed to detect a link between support and health
condition. It transpired that instrumental, valuing and emotional support from family and friends as well
as informational and valuing support from professionals are of great importance for well-being.

Abstract

Introduction. Parents of children with cancer are exposed to severe stress which is caused by the process
of medical treatment of their child. Mental stress and physical exhaustion are related to the level of support
received, provided by different social groups. Health problems are mainly visible in the incidence of somatic
symptoms, anxiety and insomnia, functional disorders or symptoms of depression.

Objective. Searching for the relationship between the level of support experienced and the health condition
in parents of children with cancer.

Patients and methods. The surveyed group consisted of N = 86 parents of children with cancer aged
from 21 to 53 years (M = 38.70, SD = 6.48). Women constituted 75.6% of the respondents, whereas
men 24.4%. Social Support Scale by K. Kmiecik-Baran and General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) by D.
Goldberg were used in the survey.

Results and conclusions. The analyses conducted allowed to detect a link between support and health
condition. It transpired that instrumental, valuing and emotional support from family and friends as well
as informational and valuing support from professionals are of great importance for well-being.

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Keywords

social support, health, parents of children with cancer

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Title

The need for social support and the health condition of parents of children with cancer

Journal

Palliative Medicine in Practice

Issue

Vol 14, No 3 (2020)

Article type

Research paper

Pages

157-165

Published online

2020-05-22

DOI

10.5603/PMPI.2020.0014

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Palliat Med Pract 2020;14(3):157-165.

Keywords

social support
health
parents of children with cancer

Authors

Magdalena Pietnoczko
Stanisława Steuden

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