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The Moderating Effect of Parenting on Adaptation of Children with Leukemia

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Department of Development and Social Psychology, University of Padua, 35131 Padua, Italy
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Department of Child and Woman Health, University of Padua, 35127 Padua, Italy
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Faculty of Education, Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, 39042 Bolzano, Italy
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Hemato 2021, 2(2), 358-367; https://doi.org/10.3390/hemato2020022
Received: 23 February 2021 / Revised: 1 May 2021 / Accepted: 2 June 2021 / Published: 4 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Leukemias)
Parents’ attitudes and practices may support the children’s reactions to treatments for leukaemia and their general adjustment. This study has two aims: to explore parenting depending on the child’s age and to develop and test a model on how family processes influence the psycho-social development of children with leukaemia. Patients were 118 leukemic children and their parents recruited at the Haematology–Oncologic Clinic of the Department of Paediatrics, University of Padua. All parents were Caucasian with a mean age of 37.39 years (SD = 6.03). Children’s mean age was 5.89 years (SD = 4.21). After the signature of the informed consent, the parents were interviewed using the EFI-C from which we derived Parenting dimension and three parental perceptions on the child’s factors. One year later, the clinical psychologist interviewed again parents using the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales (VABS). The analyses revealed the presence of a significant difference in parenting by the child’s age: Infants required a higher and more intensive parenting. The child’s coping with medical procedures at the second week after the diagnosis, controlled for parenting effect, impacted upon the child’s adaptation one-year post diagnosis. Specific intervention programmes are proposed in order to help children more at risk just after the diagnosis of developmental delays. View Full-Text
Keywords: children; leukaemia; in treatment; parenting; adaptation; moderation effect children; leukaemia; in treatment; parenting; adaptation; moderation effect
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Tremolada, M.; Taverna, L.; Bonichini, S.; Putti, M.C.; Tumino, M.; Biffi, A. The Moderating Effect of Parenting on Adaptation of Children with Leukemia. Hemato 2021, 2, 358-367. https://doi.org/10.3390/hemato2020022

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Tremolada M, Taverna L, Bonichini S, Putti MC, Tumino M, Biffi A. The Moderating Effect of Parenting on Adaptation of Children with Leukemia. Hemato. 2021; 2(2):358-367. https://doi.org/10.3390/hemato2020022

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Tremolada, Marta, Livia Taverna, Sabrina Bonichini, Maria Caterina Putti, Manuela Tumino, and Alessandra Biffi. 2021. "The Moderating Effect of Parenting on Adaptation of Children with Leukemia" Hemato 2, no. 2: 358-367. https://doi.org/10.3390/hemato2020022

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