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dc.creatorBaker, Nancy Annen_US
dc.descriptionDue to the character of the original source materials and the nature of batch digitization, quality control issues may be present in this document. Please report any quality issues you encounter to, referencing the URI of the item.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 89-98).en_US
dc.description.abstractProfessionals have noted increased risk-taking as a aphics. long-term psychosocial effect of childhood cancer (Hanna, 1993; Dunlop, 1982). However, very little research has been conducted regarding risk-taking in adolescents diagnosed with cancer and results have been conflicting. This study examined the variables of adolescent egocentrism, future time perspective, and health locus of control, as predictors of risk-taking behavior. The sample consisted of three adolescent groups, ranging in age from 11 to 18 years: (a) adolescents diagnosed with cancer (n = 55), (b) adolescent siblings of children diagnosed with cancer (n = 50), and (c) healthy adolescents (n = 49). It is important to note that the adolescents in the sibling group were not necessarily from the same families as the adolescents in the patient group. Several variables underlying the constructs of adolescent egocentrism and health locus of control were predictive of risk-taking behavior. Specifically, adolescents who feel invulnerable and believe themselves to be the focus of attention report greater thrill seeking/rule breaking behavior. No mean differences emerged in self-reported risk-taking between the three research groups. However adolescents diagnosed with cancer prior to pre-adolescence reported significantly less thrill seeking/rule breaking behavior than other adolescents, whereas adolescents diagnosed with cancer after pre-adolescence reported significantly greater thrill seeking/rule breaking behavior. No differences emerged in degree of substance use between the groups.en_US
dc.publisherTexas A&M Universityen_US
dc.rightsThis thesis was part of a retrospective digitization project authorized by the Texas A&M University Libraries in 2008. Copyright remains vested with the author(s). It is the user's responsibility to secure permission from the copyright holder(s) for re-use of the work beyond the provision of Fair Use.en_US
dc.subjectMajor psychology.en_US
dc.titleInfluence of egocentrism, future time perspective, and health locus of control on risk-takeing in adolescents diagosed with cancer and their siblingsen_US
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