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„If you could make three wishes, what would they be?“ Examining wishes of chronically ill children and adolescents


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Glavaš, Ivana. (2016). „If you could make three wishes, what would they be?“ Examining wishes of chronically ill children and adolescents. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Jokić-Begić, Nataša].

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Wishes are seen as clues into the respondents' emotional experience, and they are useful for accessing a child’s psychological state. Examination of wishes in children and adolescents with a chronic condition may help to elucidate the psychological impact of the chronic illness. The aim of this study was to examine wishes of chronically ill children and adolescents, and their relation with illness perceptions conceptualized according to Leventhal’s Common Sense model in terms of identity, cause, timeline, control and consequences; both cognitive and emotional dimensions. In a sample of 66 participants, who were patients at Clinical Hospital Centre in Zagreb, data were collected on illness perception (IPQ-B) and wishes (Three Wishes). The first problem of this study was to examine the contents of the wishes of chronically ill children, depending on the type of disease and the number of hospitalizations. In the context of second problem, relation between wishes and illness perception was examined. Results of this study showed that chronically ill children often report health related wishes. Children and adolescents who had been hospitalized many times have significantly more health related wishes compared to participants who were hospitalized once. Results indicate that those children and adolescents who perceived that their disease strongly affects their life and feelings, have more health related wishes. Limitations of this research and practical implications are discussed.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: wishes, chronically ill children and adolescents, illness perception
Subjects: Psychology > Klinička psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Jokić-Begić, Nataša
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2017 08:20
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2017 08:20

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