Ethnicity moderates the effects of resources on adjustment of Jewish and Arab mothers of children diagnosed with cancer

Hasida Ben-Zur, Siwar Makhoul Khoury

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Abstract

Objective: The study aimed to explore the adjustment of Jewish and Arab mothers of children diagnosed with cancer. Method: Ninety-seven Jewish and 100 Arab mothers completed questionnaires assessing mastery, social support, and adjustment (psychological distress, quality of life, and future fears and hopes). Results: Arab mothers were higher than Jewish mothers on distress and lower on social support and future hopes). Mastery and social support contributed independently to adjustment indices. Ethnicity moderated the effects of mastery and social support on adjustment. Conclusion: Ethnicity, mastery, and social support are important factors in mothers' adjustment to their child's cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)688-705
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Volume35
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Nov 2017

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Keywords

  • adjustment
  • ethnicity
  • mastery
  • pediatric cancer
  • social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Oncology
  • Applied Psychology

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