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Children 2015, 2(2), 174-190; doi:10.3390/children2020174

Understanding the Health Behaviors of Survivors of Childhood and Young-Adult Cancer: Preliminary Analysis and Model Development

Department of Psychology, Fordham University, 441 E. Fordham Rd., New York, NY 10458, USA
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Academic Editors: Paul Nathan and Lillian Sung
Received: 3 December 2014 / Revised: 10 April 2015 / Accepted: 14 April 2015 / Published: 7 May 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Acute and Long-Term Sequelae of Childhood Cancer Therapy)
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The current study presents preliminary correlational data used to develop a model depicting the psychosocial pathways that lead to the health behaviors of survivors of childhood and young-adult cancer. Data collected from a sample of 18- to 30-year-old cancer survivors (n = 125) was used to examine the relations among interpersonal support and nonsupport, personal agency, avoidance, depressive symptoms and self-efficacy as they related to health behaviors. The outcome measures examined included tobacco and alcohol use, diet, exercise, sunscreen use, medication compliance and follow-up/screening practices. Correlational analyses revealed a number of significant associations among variables. Results are used to inform the development of a health behavior model. Implications for health promotion and survivorship programming are discussed, as well as directions for future research. View Full-Text
Keywords: childhood cancer; survivorship; health behavior; late effects childhood cancer; survivorship; health behavior; late effects
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Vuotto, S.C.; Procidano, M.E.; Annunziato, R.A. Understanding the Health Behaviors of Survivors of Childhood and Young-Adult Cancer: Preliminary Analysis and Model Development. Children 2015, 2, 174-190.

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