Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 189–208 | Cite as

Subjective Well-Being in Pediatric Oncology Patients

  • Caroline McKnight Hexdall
  • E. Scott HuebnerEmail author


Using negative and positive measures of subjective well-being (SWB), we compared reports of 29 youth with cancer to a matched control sample of 29 youth. Youth with cancer did not differ from healthy controls on self-report measures of life satisfaction, hope, positive affect, or negative affect. Scores on measures of hope were positively correlated with time since diagnosis; none of the other SWB variables was significantly related to time since diagnosis. Except for negative affect, moderate correlations were found between parents’ reports of their own SWB and their youths’ self-reported SWB. Parents’ estimates of their youths’ SWB were also moderately associated with youth self-reports, except for negative affect. Parents of youth with cancer and their youth may use different criteria for reporting the nature and frequency of negative affect, but use similar criteria for reporting positive affect and other positive measures (hope, life satisfaction). Implications for more comprehensive assessments of the well-being of pediatric oncology patients are discussed.


Youth with cancer Subjective well-being Life satisfaction Hope 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Development and LearningUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.School Psychology Program, Department of PsychologyUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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