Cancer's positive flip side: posttraumatic growth after childhood cancer.

Gianinazzi, Micòl E; Rueegg, Corina S; Vetsch, Janine; Lüer, Sonja; Kuehni, Claudia E; Michel, Gisela (2016). Cancer's positive flip side: posttraumatic growth after childhood cancer. Supportive care in cancer, 24(1), pp. 195-203. Springer 10.1007/s00520-015-2746-1

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BACKGROUND Surviving childhood cancer may result in positive psychological changes called posttraumatic growth (PTG). Knowing about the possibility of positive changes may facilitate survivors' reintegration in daily life. We aimed to (1) describe PTG in Swiss childhood cancer survivors including the most and the least common PTG phenomena on the subscale and item levels and (2) determine factors associated with PTG. METHOD Within the Swiss Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (SCCSS), we sent two questionnaires to childhood cancer survivors registered in the Swiss Childhood Cancer Registry (SCCR). Eligible survivors were diagnosed after 1990 at age ≤16 years, survived ≥5 years, and were aged ≥18 years at the time the second questionnaire was sent. We included the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI) to assess five areas of PTG. We investigated the association of PTG with socio-demographic characteristics, self-reported late effects, and psychological distress, which were assessed in the SCCSS and clinical variables extracted from the SCCR. We used descriptive statistics to describe PTG and linear regressions to investigate factors associated with PTG. RESULTS We assessed PTG in 309 childhood cancer survivors. Most individuals reported to have experienced some PTG. The most endorsed change occurred in "relation with others," the least in "spiritual change." PTG was significantly higher in survivors with older age at diagnosis (p = 0.001) and those with a longer duration of treatment (p = 0.042), while it was lower in male survivors (p = 0.003). CONCLUSIONS Supporting experiences of PTG during follow-up may help survivors successfully return to daily life.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Paediatric Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Lüer, Sonja; Kühni, Claudia and Michel, Gisela

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services

ISSN:

0941-4355

Publisher:

Springer

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Doris Kopp Heim

Date Deposited:

27 May 2015 09:28

Last Modified:

09 Sep 2019 17:49

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00520-015-2746-1

PubMed ID:

26003421

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.69172

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/69172

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