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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 79--83

Resilience and its predictors among the parents of children with cancer: A descriptive-correlational study


1 Department of Medical-surgical Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran
2 Trauma Research Center and Faculty of Nursing, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences; Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Faculty of Nursing, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran
3 Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran
4 Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Hosein Mahmoudi
Trauma Research Center, Faculty of Nursing, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran
IR Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_128_18

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Context: As a common debilitating illness, cancer is among the leading causes of child mortality in developed and developing countries. Cancer diagnosis for children is considerably stressful for their parents. Resilience is a key factor behind effective coping with cancer-related problems. This study evaluated resilience and its predictors among the parents of children with cancer. Aim: This study evaluated resilience and its predictors among the parents of children with cancer. Settings and Design: This cross-sectional descriptive-analytical study was conducted in 2017 on 400 parents of children with cancer in Tabriz Children's Hospital, Iran. Methods: A demographic questionnaire and the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale were used to collect the data. Parents were conveniently recruited from Tabriz Children's Hospital. Statistical Analysis: Data were analyzed using the SPSS for Windows program (v. 16) via descriptive and inferential statistical methods. Results: The mean score of parents' resilience was 66.83 ± 14.28. Fathers obtained significantly higher resilience scores than mothers (P < 0.001). The predictors of parents' resilience were financial status, parents' gender, fathers' employment status, and children's gender. Conclusion: The parents of cancer-afflicted children, particularly their mothers, have low resilience and therefore may be at risk for different physical and mental health problems. Health-care providers need to identify at-risk parents and provide them with greater psychological and educational support.






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