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Relationship of external influence to parental distress in decision making regarding children with a life-threatening illness



Relationship of external influence to parental distress in decision making regarding children with a life-threatening illness



Journal of Pediatric Psychology 36(10): 1102-1112



To examine the relationship of external influence to parental distress when making a decision about research or treatment for a child with a life-threatening illness and to test potential moderators of this relationship. Parents (n = 219) who made a decision about research or treatment for a child completed measures of external influence, distress, decision-making preference, and coping. More external influence was associated with more hostility, uncertainty, and confusion. Decision-making preference and coping style moderated the relationship between external influence and distress: More external influence was associated with more distress when decision-making preference was low and task-focused coping was high. External influence appears to be related to distress in parents making research and treatment decisions for children with life-threatening illnesses. However, it is important to consider parent characteristics, such as decision-making preference and coping style, when examining the effects of contextual factors on distress during decision making.

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PMID: 21693541

DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsr033


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