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Terapia psicológica

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CHAVES, Covadonga; VAZQUEZ, Carmelo  and  HERVAS, Gonzalo. Benefit finding and well-being in children with life threatening illnesses: An integrative study. Ter Psicol [online]. 2013, vol.31, n.1, pp.59-68. ISSN 0718-4808.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-48082013000100006.

Objective. We examined whether benefit finding (BF) in children with a life-threatening illness (such as cancer or organ transplantation) would be related to a wide range of positive and negative measures of psychological functioning and some medical variables. Methods. A sample of children with a life threatening illness (N=67, ages 7-18 years) completed the Benefit Finding Scale for Children (BFSC) and other positive and negative measures of psychological functioning. Results. Children exposed to a moderate severity of their disease had the strongest levels of BF. While BF was positively associated with different dimensions of well-being, it was generally not related to distress with some exceptions in the health-related quality of life domain. Conclusion. Our results showed that BF reflects a positive outcome in its own right and not just a mere reduction of distress. Yet, there are some health-related domains of quality of life that should be considered in therapeutic intervention to facilitate BF.

Keywords : benefit finding; childhood cancer; optimism; positive affect; personal strenghts.

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