Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
School of Communication
Lindsey J Thomas
Most individuals are impacted by a cancer diagnosis, in fact 54% of Americans say they or someone in their immediate family has been diagnosed with cancer at some point (CBS Interactive, 2017). While most Americans have a family member with cancer, most research has been done to understand the mother-daughter relationship during such a time. Unfortunately, there is little research regarding father-child communication during a cancer diagnosis, and father-child communication is understudied. The father-child dyad is an important relationship that impacts a child throughout their lives (Fellers & Schrodt, 2021). To further understand these relationships and how cancer may impact it, an online survey was utilized. The survey asked questions regarding father-child closeness, father-child relational satisfaction, and child caregiving. Results suggest that father-child closeness and relational satisfaction were impacted by certain caregiving variables.
Reed, Elizabeth A., "Dad Talk: Father-Child Communication When a Parent Has Cancer" (2023). Theses and Dissertations. 1771.