ABSTRACT

However, despite the trauma and disruption that families experience upon diagnosis and throughout treatment of a child with cancer, more recent studies are highlighting the resilience and functioning of families facing cancer in childhood (Svavarsdottir, 2004; Young et aI., 2002). Changing the focus from one of pathology to one of resilience allows practitioners to engage in the work of understanding the complexity of caregiving for this population (Greene, 2002; Young et aI., 2002). Caregi ving roles and tasks of providing care to children wi th cancer may have a mediating effect on the traumatic impact of the diagnosis and the care (Young, 2002; Moore & Beckwitt, 2004; Bowman, 2003). Theresilience of these families in the midst of personal crisis is an area for further exploration. This chapter will highlight the caregiving experiences of families of children with cancer and focus on a model of understanding and enhancing family resilience (Greene, 2002; McCubbin & McCubbin, 1996; Walsh, 1998).