Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

2018

Department

Social Work

Faculty Advisor

James Golden, PhD

Abstract

Pediatric cancer diagnoses have steadily increased over the last decade and cancer remains the second most common cause of death among children in the United States. Public awareness and educational campaigns often focus solely on cancer prevention and treatment, with few addressing the social, emotional, and economic needs of families coping with pediatric cancer. Parents of children battling cancer report significant disruptions in emotional well-being, family functioning, and financial stability. Additionally, although social support often evelops the family soon after a child's diagnosis, support frequently fades as family and friends return to their daily routines, leaving parents isolated and with little support. The purpose of this study is to examine the effectiveness of a non-profit foundation in assisting parents coping with the social, emotional, and economic stressors resultant of their child’s cancer diagnosis. Findings will be used to assist the foundation in improving its organizational effectiveness.

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