Predictors of depressive symptomatology among parents of newly diagnosed children with cancer
Examined predictors of depressive symptoms among 59 parents providing primary care to children newly diagnosed with cancer. Parents were studied for a 3-month period. The parent providing primary care to the child during medical treatment completed measures of depressive symptoms, endorsement of family routines, family functioning, amount of assistance from the spouse in providing care to the child, child behavior problems, as well as measures of the severity of the child's treatment regimen. A strong relationship was found between child behavior problems and parent depressive symptomatology. Although disease-related factors such as the child's functional impairment played a role in the parent's depressive symptoms, results revealed that the child's behavior problems were most strongly associated with parent depressive symptoms and that family cohesiveness also had a contributory role in the maintenance of parent depressive symptoms.