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Qual Life Res. 2010 Nov;19(9):1373-80. doi: 10.1007/s11136-010-9696-3. Epub 2010 Jun 24.

The relationship between parental overprotection and health-related quality of life in pediatric cancer: the mediating role of perceived child vulnerability.

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Department of Psychology, Oklahoma State University, 116 North Murray Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA. stephanie.hullmann@okstate.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The current study sought to examine the relation of parental overprotection and perceived child vulnerability to parent-reported health-related quality of life in parents of children with cancer.

METHODS:

Parents (N = 89) of children who had been diagnosed with cancer completed measures of parental overprotection, perceived child vulnerability, and parent-proxy report of health-related quality of life.

RESULTS:

After controlling for theoretically relevant covariates, parental overprotection and perceived child vulnerability were both found to be significantly related to child health-related quality of life. Additional analyses revealed that perceived child vulnerability mediated the relationship between overprotective parenting behaviors and the child's health-related quality of life.

CONCLUSION:

The findings highlight the need to assess for these discrete parenting variables in parents of children with cancer and to develop interventions to target parental perceptions of vulnerability.

PMID:
20571917
DOI:
10.1007/s11136-010-9696-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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