Understanding the health behaviors of survivors of childhood and young-adult cancer: Preliminary analysis and model development

Stefanie C. Vuotto, Mary E. Procidano, Rachel A. Annunziato

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Abstract

The current study presents preliminary correlational data used to develop a model depicting the psychosocial pathways that lead to the health behaviors of survivors of childhood and young-adult cancer. Data collected from a sample of 18-to 30-year-old cancer survivors (n = 125) was used to examine the relations among interpersonal support and nonsupport, personal agency, avoidance, depressive symptoms and self-efficacy as they related to health behaviors. The outcome measures examined included tobacco and alcohol use, diet, exercise, sunscreen use, medication compliance and follow-up/screening practices. Correlational analyses revealed a number of significant associations among variables. Results are used to inform the development of a health behavior model. Implications for health promotion and survivorship programming are discussed, as well as directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-190
Number of pages17
JournalChildren
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Childhood cancer
  • Health behavior
  • Late effects
  • Survivorship

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