This study examined the long-term impact of parental cancer during childhood. Nineteen female and 8 male adults who had a parent with terminal or nonterminal cancer during childhood participated in face-to-face interviews during which they discussed how their parent's cancer affected their lives. Their interview responses were transcribed and analyzed using a constant comparative method of analysis. Posttraumatic growth experiences were reported by 44% of participants, and 59% reported adverse consequences. Future research should examine ways to identify factors that can help affected children experience posttraumatic growth while minimizing the adverse consequences of having a parent with cancer.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Applied Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health
- posttraumatic growth