MENTAL AND FAMILY ADJUSTMENT TO CANCER AND THEIR LINK TO DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS IN ADOLESCENTS

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Hina Rafique
Mubeena Munir
Ayesha Mubeen Puri
Nudra Malik
Aqsa Shabbir
Naveed Iqbal
Amina Muazzam

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It is well established that cancer can emotionally impact patients as well as their families. anxiety, distress, and depression are common emotions throughout this life-changing experience. The study aimed to investigate the mental adjustment to cancer on family adjustment and depressive symptoms among adolescents with cancer. The sample size was N = 135, adolescents aged between 11 to 14 years (M=12.65, SD=1.06). A correlational research design was used for this study, with the data being collected through non-probability purposive sampling technique. The data was gathered from Children's Hospital, Faisalabad. Mental Adjustment to Cancer (MACS) scale (Watson et al., 1988) (α=.79), Parenting and Family Adjustment scale (PAFAS) (Sanders et al., 2014) (α=.79-.87) and Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) (Kroenke et al., 2001) (α=.89) were used for measuring constructs of this study among adolescents diagnosed with cancer. There was a significant positive relationship between family adjustment and depressive symptoms (r= .78**) among adolescents with cancer. Family adjustment does not have a mediating role between mental adjustment to cancer and depressive symptoms.

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Hina Rafique, Mubeena Munir, Ayesha Mubeen Puri, Nudra Malik, Aqsa Shabbir, Naveed Iqbal, & Amina Muazzam. (2024). MENTAL AND FAMILY ADJUSTMENT TO CANCER AND THEIR LINK TO DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS IN ADOLESCENTS. International Journal of Contemporary Issues in Social Sciences .ISSN (E) 2959-2461 (P) 2959-3808, 3(2), 606–621. Retrieved from http://ijciss.org/index.php/ijciss/article/view/678
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