Coping strategies of retinoblastoma survivors in relation to behavioural problems

J. Van Dijk, M. A. Grootenhuis, S. M. Imhof, P. T. Cohen-Kettenis, A. C. Moll, J. Huisman

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Objective: To assess coping strategies of long-term retinoblastoma (RB) survivors and explore determinants of behavioural functioning, including medical, socio-demographic and coping variables. Methods: This population-based cross-sectional study included 117 RB survivors (12-35 years), registered in the Dutch national RB register. Survivors were asked to fill in coping, social support and behavioural questionnaires, and situational characteristics were obtained from medical archives and from an interview. Prevalence rates of coping strategies were computed based on self-reports. One-sample t-tests were applied to analyse differences in the use of coping strategies compared with healthy reference samples. Multiple regression analyses were performed to identify various determinants for behavioural problems within the RB sample. Results: RB survivors differed from their healthy reference group in one coping style, i.e. they showed significantly less emotion-oriented coping behaviour. Adolescents who came from a single-parent family and/or experienced lower social support and used more emotion-oriented coping reported more total problem behaviour. More internalizing problems were reported for adolescents who experienced less social support and less acceptance of the disease. For adults, more life events, emotion-oriented coping and lower social support explained more total problem behaviour, especially internalizing problems. Conclusion: RB survivors showed less emotion-oriented coping behaviour compared with the reference group. Behavioural problems are best determined by emotion-oriented coping, social support, life events other than RB and acceptance of the disease, and not by medical variables. Therefore, these variables should be taken into consideration during interventions for this group.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)1281-1289
Aantal pagina's9
Nummer van het tijdschrift12
StatusGepubliceerd - dec. 2009
Extern gepubliceerdJa


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