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STUDY FINDS PARENTS OF KIDS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER NO MORE LIKELY TO BREAK UP

By Stacia Wagner
Friday, April 13, 2012
Parents Night Out
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According to a study to be released in the May issue of Pediatrics, parents with a child diagnosed with cancer were no more likely to break up. The study followed the parents of 2,450 children (up to age 20) who received a  cancer diagnosis between 1980 and 1997. They compared them to 44,853 similar parents and followed them for 20 years. The study did adjust the findings for varying income levels and still found that having a child with cancer didn't affect the likelihood that a couple would separate.

We know frequently father and mothers’ handle the diagnosis, treatment and life after in different ways. Along with the intense emotional impact, a childhood cancer diagnosis creates additional financial strains. We know roles change, ways of communicating vary, as do the emotional needs of the individuals. Parents frequently no longer have time to be a couple. What is it that helps families keep together? What worked for your family?

If you are interested in participating an online relationship discussion, please email Stacia at swagner@cbtf.org.

For a link to the one of the related articles http://news.yahoo.com/parents-kids-cancer-no-more-likely-break-130209054.html

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