Preferred coping styles of pediatric cancer patients during invasive medical procedures

K. E. Smith, J. P. Ackerson, A. D. Blotcky, R. Berkow

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Behavioral coping strategies used by 44 pediatric oncology patients during invasive medical procedures were assessed with a structured interview. The behavioral strategies were subsequently categorized into the following global coping styles: information seeking, information avoiding, and mixed. Coping style was unrelated to age and gender but was significantly related to measures of disease chronicity-time since diagnosis and number of previous procedures. No differences were found among children who had different coping styles on subjective ratings of anticipatory fear and degree of pain experienced or on behavioral observations of distress during invasive procedures. The results suggested that children's preferred styles of coping with invasive procedures may change with preferred styles of coping with invasive procedures may change with time and experience; however, a longitudinal study is needed to address this hypothesis prospectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-70
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Volume8
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1990

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  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Psychology

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Smith, K. E., Ackerson, J. P., Blotcky, A. D., & Berkow, R. (1990). Preferred coping styles of pediatric cancer patients during invasive medical procedures. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 8(4), 59-70.

Preferred coping styles of pediatric cancer patients during invasive medical procedures. / Smith, K. E.; Ackerson, J. P.; Blotcky, A. D.; Berkow, R.

In: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, Vol. 8, No. 4, 1990, p. 59-70.

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Smith, KE, Ackerson, JP, Blotcky, AD & Berkow, R 1990, 'Preferred coping styles of pediatric cancer patients during invasive medical procedures', Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 59-70.
Smith, K. E. ; Ackerson, J. P. ; Blotcky, A. D. ; Berkow, R. / Preferred coping styles of pediatric cancer patients during invasive medical procedures. In: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. 1990 ; Vol. 8, No. 4. pp. 59-70.
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