Goal adjustment strategies operationalised and empirically examined in adolescents with cancer

Moniek Janse*, Esther Sulkers, Wim J. E. Tissing, Robbert Sanderman, Mirjam A. G. Sprangers, Adelita V. Ranchor, Joke Fleer

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Adolescents facing cancer may need to adjust their personal life goals. Theories identified several goal adjustment strategies, but their use has not been tested. Therefore, this study operationalises goal adjustment strategies and examines their use. Adolescent cancer patients listed their goals 3 and 12months post-diagnosis. Goals received scores on five goal characteristics: life domain, level of abstraction, importance, attainability and effort. Results showed that adolescents with cancer (N=30, mean age: 14.2years, 60% female) used four of five strategies described in theory, while one additional strategy was found. These findings suggest that adolescents with cancer use goal adjustment strategies as measured by goal characteristics over time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1505-1515
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2016

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