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J Pediatr Nurs. 2010 Oct;25(5):317-26. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2008.10.004. Epub 2009 Apr 8.

Parental handling of fear in children with cancer; caring in the best interests of the child.

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Centre for Health Care Sciences, Orebro University Hospital, P.O. Box 1324, Orebro, Sweden.


The aim of this study was to gain a deeper understanding of how parents of children with cancer handle the fear in their children. Fifteen parents of 11 children participated in focus-group interviews. Data were analyzed by a phenomenological hermeneutical method. The results suggest that the parents' handling was equivalent with caring in the best interests of the child. This included striving for the security and well-being of the child up to a certain point where the parents instead used their authority to maintain the child's physical health rather than trying to prevent or relieve the child's fear.

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