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Psychological Wellbeing in Adolescents with Leukaemia: A Comparative Study with Typical Development Peers

Version 1 : Received: 23 December 2019 / Approved: 25 December 2019 / Online: 25 December 2019 (03:21:27 CET)

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Tremolada, M.; Taverna, L.; Chiavetta, I.T.; Bonichini, S.; Putti, M.C.; Biffi, A. Psychological Wellbeing in Adolescents with Leukaemia: A Comparative Study with Typical Development Peers. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 567. Tremolada, M.; Taverna, L.; Chiavetta, I.T.; Bonichini, S.; Putti, M.C.; Biffi, A. Psychological Wellbeing in Adolescents with Leukaemia: A Comparative Study with Typical Development Peers. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 567.

Journal reference: Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 567
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17020567

Abstract

There is still little research on psychological wellbeing, life satisfaction and reported problems in preadolescents and adolescents under therapy for leukaemia, and also little research comparing them with their healthy peers. The present study aims to analyse the life satisfaction, hope, psychological wellbeing and reported problems’ intensity in patients aged 8-18 during the first year of therapy, to identify those more at risk and to compare their reports with matched healthy peers. After the parental written consent signature, a battery of self-reported questionnaires was administered during hospitalisation or day hospital admissions post 6 months and post 12 months from the diagnosis. Younger patients (aged 8–13 years) were more at risk than older ones in their problems’ intensity and psychological symptoms; females and Acute Myeloid Leukaemia patients reported lower current life satisfaction perceptions; hope was associated with lower depression symptoms and mood problems. Healthy peers have a better perception of current life, but reported a lower hope score, more anxiety symptoms and more cognitive problems than patients. The first 6 months were more critical for patients’ psychological health. The clinical aim was to identify the patients more at risk in order to prepare ad hoc psychological interventions.

Subject Areas

children; adolescents; leukaemia; in treatment; healthy peers; life perceptions; hope; psychological wellbeing; cognitive problems

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