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A STUDY ON ASPECTS OF LIFE, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION ON ADOLESCENTS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER AND THE LIFE OF ADOLESCENTS LIVING WITH CANCER. By: Presented to: Institution: Date: Larsson’s Study This is a study that was conducted to investigate the kind of life that adolescents who are diagnosed with cancer live, how they are affected, whether their mental functioning remains the same, whether they are depressed and anxious taking that this is the age which is very crucial in their lives (Stam, Gootenhuis & Last, 2001; Barr et al, 1999; Apajasalo et al, 1996)…
We aim to look deeply into the methods used in this research to come to a conclusion whether the results that are given are credible and whether we can be relied on. In this study a sample group of 61 adolescents diagnosed with cancer is used. This number is not good enough as there are many types of cancer and a larger group would have given better results. The reference group used to compare the mental health and vitality of the patients and the adolescents who were normal comprised of 300 young adults. Interviews were done by phone which brings in the possibility of lack of integrity. Though we can’t rule out the possibility that the adolescents interviewed gave correct information, they could also have given false information as there was no direct contact with the interviewer (Woodgate, 1999, Parry & Chesler, 2005). In the study we are not given the names of the adolescents who were interviewed. That speaks positively of the condition of anonymity required for social and scientific surveys. ...
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