The aim of this study was to investigate demographic and socioeconomic variables associated with risk for patient and family problems over the course of 1 year in a largely low-income and rural pediatric oncology population. Caregivers (n = 163) completed the Psychosocial Assessment Tool 2.0 up to 4 times during regular clinic visits. Multilevel modeling examined change over time, as well as demographic and socioeconomic variables associated with psychosocial risk. Results suggest that pediatric oncology patients with caregivers of lower educational attainment and financial difficulties are at significantly greater risk for psychosocial problems, and should be offered early psychological intervention.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Clinical Psychology