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The family practice of support-giving after a pediatric cancer diagnosis : a multi-family member interview analysis

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Purpose: Pediatric cancer presents many challenges to the life of the child diagnosed with cancer and his/her family. Among the studies investigating risk and protective factors, social support has emerged as an important construct. However, little is known on how family members support each other in this particular context. Method: In order to further explore this process, interviews were performed separately with mothers, fathers and siblings. For the purpose of this study (as this is part of a larger project), data from four families in which both parents and at least one sibling participated, were used. Mull Family Member Interview Analysis was used as the methodological framework to analyze the individual interviews, allowing a detailed and systematic analysis of shared family experiences. Results: The analysis of the data revealed three themes: Being together matters: the families identified the need of being physically together; Finding support in (not) talking: the complexity of sharing emotions was explained and Working together as a team: the families described working together as a team in order to get everything organized. Conclusions: This study broadens our understanding of the interpersonal process of family support-giving when facing pediatric cancer. When meeting with families, families should be invited as a unit in order to best capture family level experiences. Also, clinicians should be sensitive to the different cancer-related communication needs within the family (i.e., the need to talk or not to talk) and incorporate this knowledge into their care.
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Children, Cancer, Families, Support, Qualitative research, Interview, PSYCHOSOCIAL ADJUSTMENT, POSTTRAUMATIC-STRESS, CHILDHOOD-CANCER, SOCIAL SUPPORT, SIBLINGS, CHILDREN, EXPERIENCES, SURVIVORS, CONTEXT

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Van Schoors, Marieke, et al. “The Family Practice of Support-Giving after a Pediatric Cancer Diagnosis : A Multi-Family Member Interview Analysis.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ONCOLOGY NURSING, vol. 44, 2020, doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2019.101712.
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Van Schoors, M., De Mol, J., Verhofstadt, L., Goubert, L., & Van Parys, H. (2020). The family practice of support-giving after a pediatric cancer diagnosis : a multi-family member interview analysis. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ONCOLOGY NURSING, 44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2019.101712
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Van Schoors, Marieke, Jan De Mol, Lesley Verhofstadt, Liesbet Goubert, and Hanna Van Parys. 2020. “The Family Practice of Support-Giving after a Pediatric Cancer Diagnosis : A Multi-Family Member Interview Analysis.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ONCOLOGY NURSING 44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2019.101712.
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Van Schoors, Marieke, Jan De Mol, Lesley Verhofstadt, Liesbet Goubert, and Hanna Van Parys. 2020. “The Family Practice of Support-Giving after a Pediatric Cancer Diagnosis : A Multi-Family Member Interview Analysis.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ONCOLOGY NURSING 44. doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2019.101712.
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Van Schoors M, De Mol J, Verhofstadt L, Goubert L, Van Parys H. The family practice of support-giving after a pediatric cancer diagnosis : a multi-family member interview analysis. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ONCOLOGY NURSING. 2020;44.
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M. Van Schoors, J. De Mol, L. Verhofstadt, L. Goubert, and H. Van Parys, “The family practice of support-giving after a pediatric cancer diagnosis : a multi-family member interview analysis,” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ONCOLOGY NURSING, vol. 44, 2020.
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Method: In order to further explore this process, interviews were performed separately with mothers, fathers and siblings. For the purpose of this study (as this is part of a larger project), data from four families in which both parents and at least one sibling participated, were used. Mull Family Member Interview Analysis was used as the methodological framework to analyze the individual interviews, allowing a detailed and systematic analysis of shared family experiences.

Results: The analysis of the data revealed three themes: Being together matters: the families identified the need of being physically together; Finding support in (not) talking: the complexity of sharing emotions was explained and Working together as a team: the families described working together as a team in order to get everything organized.

Conclusions: This study broadens our understanding of the interpersonal process of family support-giving when facing pediatric cancer. When meeting with families, families should be invited as a unit in order to best capture family level experiences. Also, clinicians should be sensitive to the different cancer-related communication needs within the family (i.e., the need to talk or not to talk) and incorporate this knowledge into their care.},
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  author       = {Van Schoors, Marieke and De Mol, Jan and Verhofstadt, Lesley and Goubert, Liesbet and Van Parys, Hanna},
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  journal      = {EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ONCOLOGY NURSING},
  keywords     = {Children,Cancer,Families,Support,Qualitative research,Interview,PSYCHOSOCIAL ADJUSTMENT,POSTTRAUMATIC-STRESS,CHILDHOOD-CANCER,SOCIAL SUPPORT,SIBLINGS,CHILDREN,EXPERIENCES,SURVIVORS,CONTEXT},
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  title        = {The family practice of support-giving after a pediatric cancer diagnosis : a multi-family member interview analysis},
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