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Melissa A. Alderfer, Ifigenia Mougianis, Lamia P. Barakat, David Beele, Susan DiTaranto, Wei-Ting Hwang, Anne T. Reilly and Anne E. Kazak Family psychosocial risk, distress, and service utilization in pediatric cancer Cancer 115

Article first published online: 4 SEP 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.24587

A prospective study demonstrated that the classification of families at diagnosis into 1 of 3 psychosocial risk levels based on the Psychosocial Assessment Tool, a brief parent-report screener, was relatively stable across the first 4 months of treatment. Furthermore, families classified at higher levels of psychosocial risk at diagnosis had more distress and poorer family functioning 4 months into treatment and required more psychosocial care than families at lower levels of risk.

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