Personal Growth in Adults With Chronically Ill Child
|Keywords:||stress-related growth; childhood cancer; positive psychology|
The study deals with the stress-related personal growth in adults whose children completed oncological treatment. 120 respondents entered the study within 2006-2009 and gave their description of positive and negative influence of child's illness on particular life domains. Positive changes at least in one domain of stress-related growth stated 107 respondents (91%). Most respondents (30%) experienced growth in 3 domains: interpersonal relations (29%), changes in value system (25%) and self perception and self-actualization (20%). Generally, more positive than negative aspects were given by 74% of respondents. Statistically significant relations with the predominance of given positive aspects over negative ones were determined with respect to respondents' age, time lapsed from the completion of child's treatment and level of seriousness of late effects of the treatment.