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Psychological health in siblings who lost a brother or sister to cancer 2 to 9 years earlier

Menée en Suède par questionnaire, cette étude analyse l'état psychologique d'individus dont un frère ou une soeur est décédé des suites d'un cancer deux à neuf ans plus tôt

  • Psycho-Oncology, sous presse, 2012 (résumé)

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Background The objective of this study was to assess long-term psychological distress in siblings who lost a brother or sister to cancer 2 to 9 years earlier, as compared with a control group of non-bereaved siblings from the general population. Methods During 2009, we conducted a nationwide follow-up study in Sweden by using an anonymous study-specific questionnaire. Siblings who had lost a brother or sister to cancer between the years 2000 and 2007 and also a control group of non-bereaved siblings from the general population were invited to participate. The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) was used to measure psychological distress, and to test for differences in the ordinal outcome responses between the groups, we used Wilcoxon–Mann–Whitney rank-sum test. Results Among the bereaved siblings, 174/240 (73%) participated and 219/293 (75%) among the non-bereaved. Self-assessed low self-esteem (p = 0.002), difficulties falling asleep (p = 0.005), and low level of personal maturity (p = 0.007) at follow-up were more prevalent among bereaved siblings. However, anxiety (p = 0.298) and depression (p = 0.946), according to HADS, were similar. Conclusion Bereaved siblings are at increased risk of low self-esteem, low level of personal maturity and difficulties falling asleep as compared with non-bereaved peers. Yet, the bereaved were not more likely to report anxiety or depression. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

NBC n° 125 du 28 February 2012

Mots clés : Cancer (général); Lutte contre les cancers (Approches psycho-sociales)

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