“Dis-Synchrony” of Coping among Children with Cancer, their Families, and the Treating Staff

  • Grace Christ
Part of the The Downstate Series of Research in Psychiatry and Psychology book series (DSRPP, volume 4)


“Dis-synchrony” in coping refers to an occurrence at different points in time of unevenness in specific cognitive appraisals or affective states of parent and patient, parent and parent, patient and sibling, and patient, family, and staff. In this presentation, I will discuss the role of the mental health worker in facilitating or enabling communication and synchrony, or in Dr. Kaplan’s terms, “mediating the stresses” caused by a lack of synchrony (Kaplan, 1973). Several vignettes will be presented which demonstrate some interventions between a mother and her nine year old daughter.


Osteogenic Sarcoma Mental Health Professional Emotional Exhaustion Mental Health Worker Play Group 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Grace Christ
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  1. 1.Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA

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