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Fathers' perspectives on the treatment for pediatric hematology : extending the findings

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posted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Pamela McgrathPamela Mcgrath, M Chesler
There is scant research available about how fathers cope with their children receiving difficult treatment protocols for diseases such as childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The present discussion contributes to this area with findings on the paternal experience of treatment for pediatric ALL collected from the families in a longitudinal study conducted at Royal Children’s Hospital and the Mater Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland. These findings emphasize the emotional shock and pain fathers experience in the early stages of the treatment process for children with leukemia. Their emotional responses run the gamut from engagement in the treatment process to withdrawal, from crying to taking “time out” to experiencing and expressing anger at their (and their child’s) fate. In dealing with their child’s illness over time fathers struggle with accepting the situation and attempting to restore some semblance of normality to their own and their families’ lives.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

27

Issue

1

Start Page

39

End Page

61

Number of Pages

23

eISSN

1521-043X

ISSN

0146-0862

Location

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Publisher

Taylor & Francis Inc.

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Health and Sciences; TBA Research Institute; University of Michigan;

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Issues in comprehensive pediatric nursing.

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