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Jun 16, 2019

XVI European Congress of Psychology

The Factor Structure of Pediatric Cancer-Related Fatigue

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pediatric cancer

fatigue

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pediatric cancer

fatigue

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Background. Worldwide, over 175000 children are diagnosed with cancer yearly. An important effect of cancer and its therapy is cancer-related fatigue. It seriously affects the quality of life in pediatric cancer patients and their caregivers. It is important to assess the level of cancer-related fatigue in children with cancer. Method. 140 pediatric cancer patients aged 7-18 (40% with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, 60% with posterior fossa tumors) and their parents took part in the study. A Russian version of the Scale for the Assessment of Fatigue in Pediatric Cancer Patients (the child and the parent version) was prepared. The scale comprises 27 items with three subscales: General Symptoms, Sleep Symptoms, and Treatment-Related Symptoms. The items were translated into Russian by five experts in the field of linguistics, psychology, and medicine. For children aged 7-12 only the General Symptoms subscale was used. Results. Factor analysis was conducted (principal components with Varimax rotation, in all analyses KMO > 0.8, Bartlett sphericity tests significant at <0.001). In children aged 7-12, a one factor solution was found (41% explained variance). In children aged 13-18, a four-factor solution was obtained (60% explained variance). The Sleep Symptoms and the Treatment-related Symptoms subscales loaded on separate factors. The General Symptoms subscale was divided into two factors - general fatigue and apathy. In parents, a four-factor solution was obtained (58% explained variance). Again, the Sleep Symptoms and Treatment-related Symptoms subscales loaded on separate factors, while the General Symptoms subscale loaded on two factors - general fatigue and excessive fatigue during daily routines (meals, hygiene, walks etc). Discussion. Sleep- and treatment-related fatigue symptoms are separate manifestations of pediatric cancer-related fatigue. However, the general fatigue factor requires further differentiation. In children, it may be divided into a general feeling of tiredness and into a feeling of loss of energy and apathy. In parents, it may be divided into a general effect of tiredness and a sense of child’s inability to perform daily routines. Pediatric cancer-related fatigue is a multi-faceted phenomenon with different aspects reflecting the viewpoints of the child and the parent.

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