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Swedish Mothers and Fathers of a Child Diagnosed with Cancer: A Look at Their Quality of Life
Uppsala universitet.
Uppsala universitet.
Uppsala universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5104-1281
2004 (English)In: Acta Oncologica, ISSN 0284-186X, E-ISSN 1651-226X, Vol. 43, no 5Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Quality of life was investigated among Swedish mothers (n=118) and fathers (n=83) of children on (n=57) and off (n=68) cancer treatment. Parents completed the Göteborg Quality of Life Instrument, measuring (a) burden of 30 symptoms organized as follows: depression, tension, head, heart–lung, metabolic, musculo-skeletal, and gastrointestinal-urinary symptoms, and (b) experience of well-being with regard to 18 items organized as follows: physical, social, and mental well-being. Fathers reported higher mental well-being than mothers and more mothers than fathers reported symptoms of depression. Within the same family (n=70), mothers reported lower mental well-being and more symptoms than fathers. Parents of children on treatment (n=92) reported lower social and mental well-being and more symptoms of depression than parents with children off treatment (n=101). The findings suggest that fathers experience a better quality of life than mothers and that parents of children off treatment enjoy a better quality of life than parents of children on treatment.

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2004. Vol. 43, no 5
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-6515DOI: 10.1080/02841860410029348PubMedID: 15360052OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-6515DiVA: diva2:1162220
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