Examining the perceived social support and psychological symptoms among adolescents with leukemia

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Abstract

Purpose.

The purpose was to determine the perceived social support and psychological symptoms of adolescents with leukemia.

Design and Methods.

The sample consisted of 70 adolescents with leukemia. The Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI), Multidimensional Perceived Social Support Scale (MPSSS), and a demographical data form were used for data collection.

Results.

Scores of the Global Severity Index, Positive Symptom Distress Index (PSDI), and Positive Symptom Total (PST) of the BSI were higher than those of the healthy adolescents with the same age in other studies. There was a negative relationship between the MPSSS and negative self-image, depression, anxiety, PSDI, and PST of the BSI.

Practice Implications.

It would likely be beneficial to increase adolescents' perceived social support in order to decrease psychological symptoms.

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