Relationships among hope, psychological well-being and health-related quality of life in childhood cancer survivors

L. L.K. Ho, W. H.C. Li, A. T. Cheung, E. K.Y. Ho, K. K.W. Lam, S. Y. Chiu, G. C.F. Chan, J. O.K. Chung

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Abstract

This cross-sectional study examined the level of hope among Hong Kong childhood cancer survivors and investigated the relationships among hope, depressive symptoms, self-esteem and health-related quality of life. We recruited 176 survivors aged 10–16 years who underwent medical follow-ups at the outpatient clinic. This study revealed that lower levels of hope were associated with an increase in depressive symptoms and reductions in self-esteem and health-related quality of life. Our results contribute to novel findings by demonstrating that hope may be a significant factor associated with health-related quality of life. This understanding could increase healthcare professionals’ awareness about the psychological needs of childhood cancer survivors.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • cancer
  • childhood cancer survivors
  • health-related quality of life
  • hope
  • psychological well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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