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Mum knows best? Psychological status in an oncology sample

Lookup NU author(s): Sue Bruce, Professor Jacqueline Rodgers, Dr Melinda Firth, Professor Mark FreestonORCiD


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Objective: To examine the influence of age, gender and diagnosis upon agreement of children's psychological status between children with cancer and their parents. Methods: Total 51 families (49 mothers, 45 fathers and 51 children) completed the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. Children's ages ranged from 11 to 16 years, with a mean age of 13.4 years. Eleven of the children had central nervous system (CNS) disease. Results: Age, gender and diagnosis did not impact upon level of agreement between parents and children. There were no significant differences between father/child and mother/child reports of children's psychological status. Conclusions: Both mothers and fathers are perceptive to their child's psychological status, and it is therefore satisfactory to consider their opinions about their children. Children in the age range 11-16 years are able to express their views with as much accuracy as parents irrespective of their gender and diagnosis and so should be included in assessment. © 2005 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Author(s): Bruce S, Rodgers J, Firth M, Freeston M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Child: Care, Health and Development

Year: 2005

Volume: 31

Issue: 6

Pages: 643-648

ISSN (print): 0305-1862

ISSN (electronic): 1365-2214

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2005.00553.x

PubMed id: 16207221


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