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Quality of life in pediatric cancer survivors : A new contribution including goal concept

Abstract : The present study focuses on quality of life in children survivors of cancerthrough the filter of self-regulation by goals. In this respect, the model of Dupuis and its operationalization by Missotten through the Child Quality of Life Systemic Inventory (QLSI-C©) makes it possible to identify the regulation processes (state, goal, speed, rank), in order to distinguish between children survivors of cancer and their healthypeers, as well as identifying the impact of these processes on anxiety and depression symptoms. Fifty children survivors of cancer,aged 8 to 12 years, answered three questionnaires: the QLSI-C©, the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory – Child (STAI-C), and the Child Depression Inventory (CDI). Their responses were compared with those obtained from 50 healthychildrenof the same age. Partial Least Squares Discriminant Analysis (PLS-DA) was used to show that the process that best differentiated the two groups pointed to a regulation through goals and priorities. Results revealed too that these processes were particularly apparent in 8 of the 20 life domains examined. Moreover, of the four processes, state is the best predictor of depressive symptoms. Children survivors of cancerdo not view their lives and plans in the same manner as their healthy peers. However, their different strategies of regulating goals and priorities do not result in more depressive symptoms than in their healthy peers. The question of whether more demanding goals and priorities are necessarily a source of well-being remains to be determined.
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Fabienne Lemétayer, Jean-Baptiste Lanfranchi, Pascal Chastagner. Quality of life in pediatric cancer survivors : A new contribution including goal concept. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 2015, 6 (4-1), pp.709 - 729. ⟨10.18357/ijcyfs.641201515054⟩. ⟨hal-01815769⟩



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