Date of Publication
Recreation & Leisure Studies
Ms. Sarah Demmin, Lecturer, Recreation & Leisure Studies
It is no secret that children get cancer. While the battle against cancer is no light matter regardless of one’s age, the impact of such a diagnosis for a child or adolescent can be incredibly devastating. The necessity for this project lies in the research that illustrates a need for increased action to be directed toward fulfilling the psychosocial needs of children as they navigate cancer treatments. Children are still in the early stages of development; they are meant to be enriching their minds, building social relationships with peers, and playing and exploring their world. Cancer threatens all of those childhood norms, in addition to a child’s psychosocial well-being and overall quality of life. This paper examines the current research on these facets of childhood cancer, while assessing the impacts of a kit that facilitates effective coping skills and a mentorship program that provides support-based social interaction. Drawing on the presented evidence, this paper serves a means to analyze and advocate for the necessity of broad implementation of psychosocial programming that improves the quality of life experienced by children battling cancer.
Bohling, Samantha K., "Changing the Story: Improving the Quality of Life Experienced by Children with Cancer Best Practices, Programs & Interventions" (2020). Senior Honors Theses. 278.