Peer and Romantic Relationships among Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Hematological Cancer: A Review of Challenges and Positive OutcomesFoster R.H.a, b · Stern M.c
aDepartment of Psychology, Winona State University, Winona, Minn., bBehavioral Health Department, Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wisc., and cDepartments of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Department of Psychology, Pediatric Epidemiology Center and Moffitt Cancer Center, University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla., USA
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This review focuses on peer and romantic relationship experiences of adolescent and young adult (AYA) survivors of childhood cancer, highlighting those surviving leukemia or lymphoma. While most AYA survivors adjust well to life following a hematological cancer diagnosis and treatment, many unique experiences, both positive and challenging, have been documented with respect to successfully navigating developmentally normative social goals. Therefore, the social implications of surviving childhood leukemia or lymphoma are explored. Specifically, the development of peer and romantic relationships, perceptions of social acceptance, parental influences and attachment, perceived vulnerabilities and body image, and risks to fertility are discussed.
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