The Effect of Physical Activity on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Among Parents of Pediatric Cancer Survivors

  • Veronique Huot
  • Tanya R. Fitzpatrick


According to the Canadian Cancer Society website, between 2009 and 2013, there were 4715 new cases of cancer in children 0–14 years of age in Canada, an average of 943 cases per year. The journey through cancer can be extremely traumatic and can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and in their parents (Kazak, Boeving, Alderfer, Hwang, & Reilly, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 31(4), 343–355, 2005). Parents often experience higher post-traumatic stress than their child (Bruce, Clinical Psychology Review, 26(3), 233–256, 2006). PTSD symptoms may result in distress, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, worry, and fatigue to only name a few (Ljungman et al., PLoS One, 9(7), e103340, 2014). Evidence has shown that physical activity can have a positive impact on reducing stress and anxiety (Asmundson et al., Depression and Anxiety, 30(4), 362–373, 2013). This chapter explores the relationship between physical activity and PTSD among parents of children with cancer. Implications for health-care professionals and family members are discussed.


Physical Activity PTSD Parents Pediatric Cancer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Veronique Huot
    • 1
  • Tanya R. Fitzpatrick
    • 2
  1. 1.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of Social WorkArizona State UniversityWestmountCanada

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