Social Support of Chidlhood Cancer Survivors and Heatlhy Children: Are There Any Differences?
|Year of publication||2013|
|Type||Appeared in Conference without Proceedings|
|MU Faculty or unit|
|Description||The purpose of this study is to describe the structure of social support in childhood cancer survivors in comparison with social support of healthy children. A total of 101 childhood cancer survivors who have undergone various types of treatment and who have been in remission for 2-5 years and 231 healthy children was included in the study. Perceived social support was measured by the Social Support Questionnaire originally designed for the QOLOP project. Mother was the most important source of social support for both research groups, while perceived social support from mother was bigger in the childhood cancer survivors. No differences between research groups were found in social support from father. Despite lower or equal number of friends, childhood cancer survivors reported higher amount of perceived social support obtained from friends. Grandparents and siblings appear to be other relevant sources of social support for both research groups.|