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Original Research Article

Development of a scale for assessing the level of distress for children and adolescents with cancer

Mihaela Camelia POPA1


1Institute of Philosophy and Psychology “Constantin Rădulescu – Motru”, Romanian Academy, Romania.

Author E-mail: beti_iris(at)yahoo.com

Mihaela Camelia POPA


Article Number: irjpeh.21.031  |   Pages: 293-298  |   Vol. 8 (5), September 2021   |   DOI: https://doi.org/10.15739/irjpeh.21.031

 Received: July 29, 2021  Accepted: September 7, 2021  Published: September 27, 2021

Abstract

The present study aims to develop a short scale to assess the level of distress among children and adolescents with cancer. For the development of the scale 6 items were used which were highlighted by statistically significant associations from the research done in previous years under my coordination in which the quality of life assessment questionnaire for children and adolescents with cancer was used, the scale of irrationality for children and adolescents, the scale of post-traumatic development. The study included the 6 items and a specific 39-item stress assessment tool called the affective distress profile (PDA) that measures positive emotions, functional negative emotions, dysfunctional negative emotions.The results of the study obtained using factor analysis, internal consistency reliability and linear regression provide a short and effective tool for assessing stress among children and adolescents with cancer.

Keywords:

Distress, cancer, depression, anxiety, quality of life

How to Cite this Article

Popa MC(2021). Development of a scale for assessing the level of distress for children and adolescents with cancer.Int. Res. J. Pub. Environ. Health 8(5):293-298

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