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Coping with Pediatric Cancer 

Coping with Pediatric Cancer
Coping with Pediatric Cancer

Mary Jo Kupst

and Andrea Farkas Patenaude

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date: 20 April 2021

Psychosocial care in pediatric oncology often involves assessment of family members' coping skills and providing interventions to ensure that the child and family are effectively supported. Coping may be defined as the cognitive and behavioral efforts to manage demands and situations which are appraised as a challenge or a threat to a person. To understand coping, it is important to consider what parents and children must “cope with” in order to be effective in helping them manage the stressors involved in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cancer. Coping involves a wide variety of voluntary efforts to deal with stress, some that focus on efforts to change a situation, others that focus on emotional management and cognitive reappraisal of the situation. Coping should be viewed as a process where strategies can change over time. Psychological interventions can help children and family members to strengthen existing coping resources as well as to develop constructive responses to stress.

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