Risk for psychosocial problems in pediatric cancer: Impact of socioeconomics

Cynthia W. Karlson, Maria L. Smith, Stacey Haynes, Melissa A. Faith, Jessica Pierce, T. David Elkin, Gail Megason

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate demographic and socioeconomic variables associated with risk for patient and family problems over the course of 1 year in a largely low-income and rural pediatric oncology population. Caregivers (n = 163) completed the Psychosocial Assessment Tool 2.0 up to 4 times during regular clinic visits. Multilevel modeling examined change over time, as well as demographic and socioeconomic variables associated with psychosocial risk. Results suggest that pediatric oncology patients with caregivers of lower educational attainment and financial difficulties are at significantly greater risk for psychosocial problems, and should be offered early psychological intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-247
Number of pages17
Journalchildren's Health Care
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 25 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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