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Title: Posttraumatic stress symptoms in childhood brain tumour survivors and their parents
Author: Bruce, M.
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2005
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Recent years have witnessed a rapid acceleration in the recognition and documentation of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and posttraumatic stress symptomatology (PTSS) in childhood cancer survivors and their parents. However, the applicability of PTSD both diagnostically and conceptually to cancer-related traumatic responses remains poorly articulated within the current literature. Following an outline of childhood cancer and PTSD, this paper critically examines the applicability of such a diagnosis to this clinical population. It then systematically reviews the current evidence base (24 studies) on PTSD and PTSS in childhood cancer survivors and their parents. Prevalence of PTSD and PTSS, as well as number of correlates, varies widely in this clinical population. Findings are considered in the light of a number of contemporary theories of PTSD. Limitations within current conceptualisations of PTSD are highlighted with respect to the nature of cancer as a traumatic event and the specific features of traumatic stress manifestations in childhood cancer survivors and their parents. Finally, a number of pertinent research areas are elucidated which are argued to warrant further investigation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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