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Hong and Park: Predictors of Resilience in Adolescents with Leukemia



The purpose of this study was to identify the factors relating to resilience for adolescents with leukemia and examine the relationship between these factors.


From June to September in 2014, 199 adolescents aged 11 to 21 participated in the study as they visited the out-patient clinic at C university hospital for follow-up care. To verify the predictors and the effects of resilience, uncertainty, symptom distress, perceived social support, spiritual perspective, defensive coping, courageous coping, hope, and self-transcendence were measured. Collected data were analyzed using hierarchical regression analysis with the SAS statistics program.


The final regression model showed that courageous coping, hope, and self-transcendence were significant predictors related to resilience in adolescents with leukemia and explained for 63% of the variance in resilience.


The findings indicate that adolescent-oriented intervention programs enhancing courageous coping, hope, and self-transcendence should be provide for adolescents with leukemia in order to overcome illness-related stress and support physical, psychological and social adjustment.

Figures and Tables

Figure 1

Conceptual framework.

Table 1

General Characteristics and Disease-specific Characteristics (N=199)

Table 2

Descriptive Statistics of the Measured Variables (N=199)

Table 3

Intercorrelations Coefficients among the Measured Variables (N=199)

Table 4

Hierarchical Regression Analysis for Resilience in Adolescents with Leukemia



This manuscript is based on a part of the 1st author's doctoral dissertation from The Catholic University of Korea.


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