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The prevalence of depression in pediatric oncology patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in Jordan

Arabiat, Diana H.; Draper, Peter; Elliott, Barbara

Authors

Diana H. Arabiat



Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of depression in pediatric oncology patients in Jordan, comparing them with peers who suffered from chronic conditions or were healthy. The authors investigated 58 children with cancer, 56 with chronic illnesses, and 64 healthy controls using the Arabic version of the Children's Depression Inventory (CDI). There was no significant difference in CDI scores between children with cancer, children with chronic illnesses, and healthy controls. Using the conventional cutoff point of a score of 20 gives a prevalence of 20.68% for child-reported depression in the cancer group. This is toward the high end of the range for similar studies in other countries. The results suggest that children with cancer undergoing chemotherapy are no more likely to be depressed than children with chronic illnesses or healthy controls, although further research is warranted. © 2012 by Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2012
Journal JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY NURSING
Print ISSN 1043-4542
Electronic ISSN 1532-8457
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 5
Pages 283-288
Institution Citation Arabiat, D. H., Draper, P., & Elliott, B. (2012). The prevalence of depression in pediatric oncology patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in Jordan. Journal of pediatric oncology nursing : official journal of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses, 29(5), (283-288). doi:10.1177/1043454212451524. ISSN 1043-4542
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1043454212451524
Keywords Depression; Children; Cancer; Chronic illness; Jordan