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Year of Publication


Degree Name

Master of Science in Family Sciences (MSFS)

Document Type

Master's Thesis


Agriculture, Food and Environment


Family Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Donald Bruce Ross, III


According to the American Cancer Society (2019), it is estimated that 1,762,450 new cancer diagnoses occurred in 2019 in the United States. Currently, cancer remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide (American Cancer Society, 2019). As cancer affects the family, roles within the family will shift (e.g., transitioning to a caregiving relationship), causing each family member to adapt. With the costs of cancer steadily increasing, this potentially leaves a devastating impact on the family. When considering family function in terms of Family Systems, John Rolland created the Family Systems Illness Model to explain how families adapt to an illness, which is the lens families are viewed from in this study. In the present study, cancer stress and financial stress are examined with family adaptability and cohesion as a mediator. While the present study showed few relationships between cancer stress, financial stress, and family adaptability and cohesion, this could be attributed to the limitations of the study.

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Funding Information

Phil Richards Endowment--College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment, $750.

Fall 2019-Spring 2020