Family rituals, financial burden, and mothers' adjustment in pediatric cancer.

TitleFamily rituals, financial burden, and mothers' adjustment in pediatric cancer.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsSantos, S., Crespo C., Canavarro C. M., Alderfer M. A., & Kazak A. E.
JournalJournal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43)
Volume30
Issue8
Pagination1008-1013
Date Published2016 Dec
ISSN1939-1293
KeywordsAdaptation, Psychological; Adolescent; Adult; Anxiety Disorders; Caregivers; Ceremonial Behavior; Child; Child, Preschool; Cost of Illness; Depressive Disorder, Major; Family Relations; Female; Humans; Infant; Infant, Newborn; Male; Middle Aged; Mothers; Neoplasms; Portugal; Young Adult
Abstract

The financial burden of childhood cancer may contribute to the distress that parents experience during and after treatment. Inconsistent relationships between financial burden and parental psychological distress highlight the need to identify psychosocial factors that may moderate this relationship. In this study, we aimed to determine if family ritual meaning moderates the relationship between financial burden and anxiety and depression symptoms among mothers of children with cancer. Portuguese mothers of children with cancer on-treatment and off-treatment (N = 244) completed measures of financial burden, anxiety and depression symptoms, and family ritual meaning. Moderating effects were tested using hierarchical multiple regression analyses. Family ritual meaning buffered the effect of financial burden on anxiety, but not on depression symptoms. The relationship between financial burden and anxiety symptoms was not significant when mothers endorsed higher levels of family ritual meaning. Although preliminary, the current findings suggest that high levels of perceived family ritual meaning may constitute a protective factor against the effect of financial burden on mothers' anxiety symptoms. Promoting family ritual meaning might be an effective approach to reducing anxiety symptoms of mothers of children with cancer in the context of financial burden. (PsycINFO Database Record

DOI10.1037/fam0000246
Alternate JournalJ Fam Psychol