Posttraumatic stress and attentional bias towards cancer-related stimuli in parents of children recently diagnosed with cancer
2016 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 11, no 4, e0152778Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objectives: To investigate whether posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) are related to attentional bias towards cancer-related stimuli among parents of children recently diagnosed with cancer.
Methods: Sixty-two parents completed questionnaires measuring PTSS, depression, and anxiety and the emotional Stroop task via the Internet. The emotional Stroop task included cancer-related words, cardiovascular disease-related words, and neutral words.
Results: Participants were split in two groups based on the median of PTSS: High-PTSS and Low-PTSS. There was a significant interaction between word-type and group and a planned contrast test of this interaction indicated that the High-PTSS group had longer response latencies on cancer-related words compared to the other word-type and group combinations.
Conclusions: Findings suggest that PTSS are related to attentional bias towards cancer-related stimuli among parents of children recently diagnosed with cancer. Implications of this finding for the understanding of PTSS in this population, future research, and clinical practice are discussed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 11, no 4, e0152778
Research subject Psychology; Oncology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-281675DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0152778ISI: 000373201200038OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-281675DiVA: diva2:915145
FunderSwedish Research Council, K2008-70X-20836-01-3, K2011-70X-20836-04-4Swedish Cancer Society, 2010/276Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation, PROJ08/010, PROJ12/028