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Hospital-based support groups for parents of seriously unwell children: An example from pediatric oncology in Australia

Journal Article


Abstract


  • While benefits and limitations of support groups have been well described, there are few reports of open-ended hospital-based programs for adults in paediatric settings. This paper discusses challenges for such groups, highlighting experiences from a psychoeducation peer-support program for parents of children diagnosed with serious oncology and haematology conditions. Program feedback was collected from participants, facilitators, and nurses via written evaluations and post-group reflections. Despite lower than anticipated parental attendance, findings indicated that open-ended hospital-based groups have specific relevance for families dealing with diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer, providing a safe forum for support, information provision and knowledge-sharing. © 2005 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication Date


  • 2006

Citation


  • Foreman, T., Willis, L., & Goodenough, B. (2006). Hospital-based support groups for parents of seriously unwell children: An example from pediatric oncology in Australia. Social Work with Groups, 28(2), 3-21. doi:10.1300/J009v28n02_02

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-33745589784

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 3

End Page


  • 21

Volume


  • 28

Issue


  • 2

Abstract


  • While benefits and limitations of support groups have been well described, there are few reports of open-ended hospital-based programs for adults in paediatric settings. This paper discusses challenges for such groups, highlighting experiences from a psychoeducation peer-support program for parents of children diagnosed with serious oncology and haematology conditions. Program feedback was collected from participants, facilitators, and nurses via written evaluations and post-group reflections. Despite lower than anticipated parental attendance, findings indicated that open-ended hospital-based groups have specific relevance for families dealing with diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer, providing a safe forum for support, information provision and knowledge-sharing. © 2005 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication Date


  • 2006

Citation


  • Foreman, T., Willis, L., & Goodenough, B. (2006). Hospital-based support groups for parents of seriously unwell children: An example from pediatric oncology in Australia. Social Work with Groups, 28(2), 3-21. doi:10.1300/J009v28n02_02

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-33745589784

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 3

End Page


  • 21

Volume


  • 28

Issue


  • 2