Longitudinal associations among maternal depressive symptoms, child emotional caretaking, and anxious/depressed symptoms in pediatric cancer.

Prussien KV, Murphy LK, Gerhardt CA, Vannatta K, Bemis H, Desjardins L, Ferrante AC, Shultz EL, Keim MC, Cole DA, Compas BE
J Fam Psychol 32 1087-1096 12/01/2018

Abstract

Research has shown that children experience increased emotional distress when engaging in emotional caretaking of a parent. The current study is the first to examine this process in families in which the source of the stress is the child's illness. Prospective associations were tested among mothers' depressive symptoms near the time of their child's cancer diagnosis, mothers' expressed distress and their child's emotional caretaking during an interaction task, and child anxious/depressed symptoms at 1 year postdiagnosis. Families (

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