Parents of children with cancer are faced with the complicated situation of not only learning their child is critically ill, but also of learning how to adapt to life with childhood cancer. For parents of a child with cancer uncertainty can lead to increased levels of stress, anxiety, fear, loss of control and depression. Successful psychosocial and educational interventions in reducing uncertainty in adult populations have been reported. However, these have not been well documented in families dealing with childhood cancer. Discovering how to best provide these interventions in south Texas will provide a foundation for future research interventions in this population. This case study research utilized extensive interviews, as described by Yin (2013), to identify strengths and barriers for implementation of psychosocial and educational interventions in addressing uncertainty in parents of children diagnosed with cancer.

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Fall 2-24-2015

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