Information-Seeking Coping and Anxiety in School-Age Children Anticipating Surgery

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This study examined the relation between coping behavior and anxiety among school-age children anticipating an elective tonsillectomy and/or adenoidec- tomy. The demographic variables of age, gender, previous hospitalization, and birth order were also studied in relation to both coping and anxiety. Interview methods were utilized to measure information-seeking and information-limiting coping behaviors and feelings of anxiety. The results of this study indicate that children who used primarily information-seeking or information-limiting strategies were successful (as measured by low anxiety levels) in managing the stress of anticipated hospitalization. Children using information-seeking strategies for some, but not all, aspects of the hospitalization experience reported the greatest anxiety. The demographic variables were not related to either anxiety or coping.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-97
Number of pages11
Journalchildren's health care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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