Title

Factors associated with behavior of school-age clients with cancer

Date of Completion

2004

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Keywords

Neoplasms, Children

Abstract

This study utilized a correlational type of research. The respondents were 30 school-age clients with cancer in the National Children’s HHospital selected through purposive sampling technique. The instrument used was adapted from the Desay-Spinneta Behavioral Questionnaire. Frequency, percentage, and chi-square/correlational analysis were used in the analysis of data as statistical treatments to answer specific problems. The study concluded that, most respondents were males, came from families earning minimum wages of P10,000 and below, came from a nuclear type family and Christians. The respondents’ behavior did not exhibit seriously maladaptive behaviors and did not differ from the normal school-age peers on the majority of attitudes and behaviors relative to daily functioning. This proves that there is no statistical difference between children with cancer, whether male or female, and other normal children in the considered areas of behavior. The over-all behavior of school-age clients with cancer does not vary when correlated to gender, religious affiliation, family structure and monthly family income. These socio-demographic characteristics do not affect the behavior of school-age clients with cancer that may result to some behavioral changes. Differences were observed in behaviors such as cries, whines, or complains. This was commonly observed in females.

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