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Social Work Visions from Around the Globe by Anneli Pohjola, Pirkko-Liisa Ranhalon, Teppo Kroger, Anna Metten

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The Long-Term Psychosocial Effects of Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment on Children and Their Families

Suzanne Quin, BSS, CQSW, MA (Social Work), PhD

SUMMARY. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, a study of 77 families was undertaken to examine the long-term psychosocial effects of cancer on children and their families. This paper focuses specifically on the findings in relation to the parents’ subgroup of the overall study. Key findings were that the majority of parents and their children readjust to ordinary family life following completion of treatment. Gender differences in parents’ coping mechanisms emerged. The period immediately following the cessation of treatment can create feelings of isolation and vulnerability, and many ...

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