Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
College of Education and Human Services
Family and Child Studies
Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair
Dana Heller Levitt
Mental Depression--Treatment, Cancer in children--Psychological aspects
Purpose: The impact of cancer in childhood among adult survivors needs to be studied to see how being diagnosed with cancer in childhood is associated with mental health in adulthood. Specifically this study will examine depressive symptoms. If there are negative effects such as depressive symptoms, it is important to know what may help reduce them such as support and counseling. Methods: This is a quantitative study where 49 adult survivors of childhood cancer participated in an online survey. They were recruited from forums for cancer survivors and with snowball sampling.
Results: Through correlation analyses and ANCOVA, it was found that counseling helps reduce depressive symptoms in adult survivors of childhood cancer. Other predictors were not found to be significant and would be better assessed with a larger sample.
Miller, Melissa, "Correlates of Depressive Symptoms in Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer" (2016). Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects. 547.