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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Couple Functioning after Pediatric Cancer Diagnosis: A Systematic Review
Author(s): Van Schoors, Marieke
Caes, Line
Alderfer, Melissa A
Goubert, Liesbet
Verhofstadt, Lesley L
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Keywords: pediatric cancer
intimate relationships
systematic review
Issue Date: May-2017
Citation: Van Schoors M, Caes L, Alderfer MA, Goubert L & Verhofstadt LL (2017) Couple Functioning after Pediatric Cancer Diagnosis: A Systematic Review. Psycho-Oncology, 26 (5), pp. 608-616.
Abstract: Objectives  A systematic review was conducted to: 1) investigate couple functioning after a pediatric cancer diagnosis, and 2) examine theoretical and methodological tendencies and issues in this literature.  Methods  Searches of Web of Science, Pubmed, Cochrane, PsycInfo and Embase resulted in inclusion of 32 qualitative, quantitative or mixed method papers. Findings of these papers were extracted for summary.  Results  Most couples adapt well to the crisis of a pediatric cancer diagnosis in domains such as emotional closeness, support, marital satisfaction and general marital adjustment. However, most experience difficulties in the domain of sexual intimacy and reports on conflict are mixed across qualitative and quantitative studies.  Conclusions  This review illustrates the need for future research with a greater focus on the impact of a pediatric cancer diagnosis on the couple's functioning, conducted with use of appropriate theoretical frameworks and based on both partners’ reports. Improvements in research are needed to best inform couple-based interventions.
DOI Link: 10.1002/pon.4204
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