Parents' emotion socialization beliefs moderate relations between parent and patient coping, but not sibling coping, with pediatric cancer

Melissa A Faith, Ana F. El-Behadli, Laura A. Frazee, Chelsea D. Pratt, Sarah Stromberg

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Abstract

Objective: This study evaluated (a) differences in parents' emotion socialization (ES) beliefs for patients/siblings, (b) whether parents' ES beliefs predict patient/sibling coping, and (c) whether parents' ES beliefs moderate links between parent and patient/sibling coping with pediatric cancer. Method: This was a cross-sectional, questionnaire-based study of 134 pediatric cancer patients, their caregiver, and their nearest-age sibling. Participants could complete measures themselves via paper-and-pencil or telephone, or researchers could read questions aloud. Results: Parents' ES beliefs differed for patients/siblings. ES beliefs did not directly predict patient/sibling coping but did moderate relations between parent and patient coping. Conclusions: Despite extent literature promoting universal emotion coaching ES, our study indicates that ES beliefs might have a complex relation with parent coping in predicting patient coping.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1559-1566
Number of pages8
JournalPsycho-Oncology
Volume28
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019

Keywords

  • cancer
  • coping
  • emotion socialization
  • oncology
  • pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Oncology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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