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Thursday, June 18 • 5:15pm - 7:45pm
Profiles of Connectedness: Processes of Growth and Resilience in Children with and without Cancer

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Abstract #304
Profiles of Connectedness: Processes of Growth and Resilience in Children with and without Cancer
Presenter: Katianne Howard Sharp Co - Presenters: Victoria Willard, Yuko Okado, Rachel Tillery, Sarah Barnes, Alanna Long, Sean Phipps  
Abstract:
Children with cancer face numerous illness-related stressors, but demonstrate resilience via their low levels of posttraumatic stress (PTSS) and other distress symptoms, as well as perceptions of cancer-related positive growth. The present study examined whether profiles of connectedness to social and familial domains (e.g., peers, school, family, neighborhood) were related to resilience and growth, and tested whether these patterns differ for children with cancer versus healthy peers. Youth, aged 8-19 years, with cancer (n=153) and without (n=101), completed measures of connectedness, PTSS, and benefit-finding. Latent profile analysis revealed four distinct profiles: high connectedness across domains (45%); low connectedness across domains (6%); connectedness primarily to family (parents, siblings; 40%); and connectedness primarily to peers (9%). Presence or absence of cancer history did not predict profile membership; however, profiles differed on PTSS and benefit-finding. Children highly connected across domains displayed the lowest PTSS and highest benefit finding, with moderate PTSS/benefit-finding for the family and peer profiles. Findings support connectedness as a possible mechanism facilitating growth and resilience, with children diagnosed with cancer not appearing to experience diminished connectedness. As parent and peer profiles did not differentially predict PTSS/benefit-finding, children appear to experience the benefits of connectedness regardless of domain.

Presenters
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Katianne Howard Sharp

Katianne Howard Sharp, M.S. is a graduate student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Memphis where she has studied such topics as emotion socialization and children’s adjustment to stressful life events (e.g., IPV exposure, peer victimization). Katianne has... Read More →

Co-Presenters
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Sarah Barnes

Graduate Student Research Assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital/University of Memphis Sarah Barnes, B.A. is a graduate student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Memphis where she works with Kathryn Howell, Ph.D. studying resilience in children... Read More →
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Alanna Long

Clinical Research Associate-III at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Alanna Long works with Sean Phipps, Ph.D. at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on a study examining the stress, adjustment, and growth responses of children with cancer.
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Yuko Okado

Postdoctoral Fellow at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Yuko Okado, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow in psychology working with Sean Phipps, Ph.D. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Pennsylvania State University, where she worked as a research assistant at its... Read More →
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Sean Phipps

Member and Chair at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital Sean Phipps, Ph.D. a Member and the Chair of the Psychology Department at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He studies psychological effects of bone marrow transplantation, and coping and adaptive styles in children... Read More →
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Rachel Tillery

Graduate Student Research Assistant at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/University of Memphis Rachel Tillery, M.S. is a doctoral student at the University of Memphis. Her research interests include understanding psychosocial processes related to children's adjustment to stressful... Read More →
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Victoria Willard

Research Associate, St. Jude Faculty at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Victoria Willard, Ph.D. is a Research Associate in the Department of Psychology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Her research focuses on social outcomes in children with cancer, with particular... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 5:15pm - 7:45pm
King's Gym Gymnasium, King's College

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