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KOHLSDORF, Mariana. Psycho-social aspects of pediatric cancer: a study of the Brazilian literature published between 2000 and 2009. Psicol. rev. (Belo Horizonte) [online]. 2010, vol.16, n.2, pp. 271-294. ISSN 1677-1168.

Pediatric cancer represents an adverse context for patients, relatives and health professionals. This paper is a review of the literature in Brazil, published between 2000 and 2009, related to psychosocial aspects involved in pediatric cancer episodes. A bibliographic review was carried out in databases Scielo, Lilacs, Bireme/BVS, Pubmed/Medline, Pepsic and Psycinfo, besides non-systematic search. The results indicated an increase in the number of published papers in the past few years, a predominance of research reports characterized by crosswise methodology, a descriptive/exploratory design, and the use of qualitative analysis and interview techniques. The most researched samples included patients and their caregivers, while professionals and patients’ siblings were less focused on. Pediatric cancer treatment represents high emotional and instrumental costs for patients, relatives and health professionals. Emphasis is given to the relevance of further studies of a longitudinal nature taking into account poorly investigated themes, in order to promote more efficient psychosocial interventions

Palavras-chave : Câncer infantil; Aspectos psicossociais; Revisão de literatura.

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