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Systematic review: Family resilience after pediatric cancer diagnosis

Van Schoors M, Caes L, Verhofstadt LL, Goubert L & Alderfer MA (2015) Systematic review: Family resilience after pediatric cancer diagnosis. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40 (9), pp. 856-868.

Objectives  A systematic review was conducted to (1) investigate family resilience in the context of pediatric cancer, and (2) examine theoretical, methodological, and statistical issues in this literature. Family resilience was operationalized as competent family functioning after exposure to a significant risk.  Methods  Following guidelines for systematic reviews, searches were performed using Web of Science, Pubmed, Cochrane, PsycInfo, and Embase. After screening 5,563 articles, 85 fulfilled inclusion criteria and were extracted for review.  Results  Findings indicated that most families are resilient, adapting well to the crisis of cancer diagnosis. However, a subset still experiences difficulties. Methodological issues in the current literature hamper strong nuanced conclusions.  Conclusions  We suggest future research with a greater focus on family resilience and factors predicting it, based on available theory, and conducted with attention toward unit of measurement and use of appropriate statistical analyses. Improvements in research are needed to best inform family-based clinical efforts. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society of Pediatric Psychology. All rights reserved.

adaptation; family; oncology; pediatric cancer; resilience; systematic review

Journal of Pediatric Psychology: Volume 40, Issue 9

Author(s)Van Schoors, Marieke; Caes, Line; Verhofstadt, Lesley L; Goubert, Liesbet; Alderfer, Melissa A
Publication date31/10/2015
Publication date online20/06/2015
Date accepted by journal18/05/2015
PublisherOxford University Press
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