Executive functions, motor abilities and quality of life in pediatric cancer survivors – the crucial role of motor coordination

Benzing, Valentin Johannes (July 2019). Executive functions, motor abilities and quality of life in pediatric cancer survivors – the crucial role of motor coordination (Unpublished). In: 15th European Congress of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Münster. 15.-20.07.2019.

Due to the improved treatment and diagnosis, survival rates for pediatric cancer have increased by over 80%. Nonetheless Pediatric Cancer Survivors (PCS) bear a high risk for late effects within cognitive functions, such as the executive functions (EFs). In typically developing (TD) children, EFs are related to motor abilities, and they contribute to the development of the physical self-concept which is important for psychological wellbeing. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate EFs, motor abilities, physical self-concept and health related quality of life (HRQOL) in PCS. In total, 81 PCS and 55 TD children and adolescents between 7-16 years of age (M = 11.14; SD = 2.35) participated in this study. EFs were assessed using the Stroop (inhibition, shifting) and the Corsi task (updating); motor abilities using the German Motor Ability Test (fitness, strength, coordination). In addition, Physical Self-Description Questionnaire (PSDQ-S) and the Kidscreen-10 were used to assess physical self-concept and HRQOL. PCS showed a lower performance in EFs and in motor abilities (ps < .0005), and both were found to be correlated (rs > .315, ps <.005). PCS had lower physical self-concept in the facet of coordination (p < .0005), which also significantly mediated the relationship between actual coordination performance and HRQOL. In conclusion, the assessment of motor abilities, and in particular motor coordination, should be included in standard aftercare in PCS. Results indicate that physical exercise interventions are warranted, and are also likely to impact HRQOL via improvements in physical self-concept.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Paediatric Medicine
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Psychology and Research Methods

UniBE Contributor:

Benzing, Valentin Johannes

Subjects:

700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

Language:

English

Submitter:

Edith Desideria Imthurn

Date Deposited:

14 Nov 2019 11:13

Last Modified:

15 Nov 2019 09:39

Additional Information:

This presentation was held a second time at the same congress as part of the "2019 FEPSAC Award for Young Researchers in Sport Psychology".

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/134809

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