Publication Date


Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Susan O. Murphy

Second Advisor

Gail Marcelescu


Pediatric oncologic diseases are a leading cause of mortality and morbidity among children. The chronicity of the treatment requires the family to adjust their daily routines to care for the ill child. The changes are experienced by all the family members: the ill child, the parents, and the well siblings. The literature reflects variable effects on the well sibling. There has been limited research that evaluates the effects of family interaction patterns. This pilot study examined communication within the family and sought to determine if communication, as measured on the Parent-Adolescent Communication Scale, correlated with competence, as measured on the Child Behavior Checklist Youth Self-Report.