ERIC Number: EJ797758
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
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Repressive Adaptive Style and Self-Reported Psychological Functioning in Adolescent Cancer Survivors
Erickson, Sarah J.; Gerstle, Melissa; Montague, Erica Q.
Child Psychiatry and Human Development, v39 n3 p247-260 Sep 2008
Low levels of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS), and psychosocial distress have been reported in pediatric cancer survivors. One explanation is the relatively high prevalence of the repressive adaptive style (low distress, high restraint) in this population. We investigated the relationship between this adaptive style and PTSD, PTSS, and psychosocial functioning in 29 adolescent cancer survivors (12 through 18 years). Adolescents categorized as repressors (n = 14) reported moderate/large effect size differences in PTSD, PTSS, and psychosocial distress (lower) as well as QOL (better) compared to non-repressors. Furthermore, repressors reported less PTSD and QOL variability. Thus, the repressive adaptive style, pronounced in this population, may obscure systematic and clinically meaningful adaptive style group differences across psychological measures.
Descriptors: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Cancer, Questionnaires, Psychology, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Pediatrics, Incidence, Adjustment (to Environment), Children, Adolescents, Quality of Life, Measures (Individuals), Comparative Analysis, Coping, Effect Size
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