Medline: 8340845

Journal of Pediatric Psychology 18(3): 365-376, 1993.

Parents of children newly diagnosed with cancer: anxiety, coping, and marital distress.

Dahlquist LM, Czyzewski DI, Copeland KG, et al.


Evaluated anxiety, approach-avoidance coping style, and marital distress in 134 parents of children with cancer shortly after diagnosis. Of the 67 marital pairs studied, approximately 25% of the mothers and 28% of the fathers reported significant marital distress. Regression analyses revealed that marital distress was predicted by a combination of general emotional distress, the discrepancy between the couple's state anxiety levels, and the couple's use of sensitizing coping strategies. Greater differences in anxiety levels between the parents and greater stimulus approach coping activity in the marriage were associated with greater reported marital distress.

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