• Changing the Story: Improving the Quality of Life Experienced by Children with Cancer Best Practices, Programs & Interventions

      Demmin, Sarah; Bohling, Samantha K.; State University of New York College at Brockport (2020-09-11)
      It is no secret that children get cancer. While the battle against cancer is no light matter regardless of one’s age, the impact of such a diagnosis for a child or adolescent can be incredibly devastating. The necessity for this project lies in the research that illustrates a need for increased action to be directed toward fulfilling the psychosocial needs of children as they navigate cancer treatments. Children are still in the early stages of development; they are meant to be enriching their minds, building social relationships with peers, and playing and exploring their world. Cancer threatens all of those childhood norms, in addition to a child’s psychosocial well-being and overall quality of life. This paper examines the current research on these facets of childhood cancer, while assessing the impacts of a kit that facilitates effective coping skills and a mentorship program that provides support-based social interaction. Drawing on the presented evidence, this paper serves a means to analyze and advocate for the necessity of broad implementation of psychosocial programming that improves the quality of life experienced by children battling cancer.
    • Impact of Co-occurring Treatment Program on Participant Perceived Quality of Life

      Barrell, Randi Greenberg; The College at Brockport (2013-10-01)
      The purpose of this treatment program evaluation study was to determine the impact of client perception of quality of life before and after participating in a co-occurring disorders (COD) program at a chemical dependency clinic in the northeastern United States. Quality of life was measured using the Quality of Life Survey (QOLS), a 16-question assessment, in a pre-test and post-test format. Participants in the COD program participated in both individual and group therapy utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Seeking Safety modalities. While the size of the convenience was small, improvement in perceived quality of life was shown in all QOLS domains and the overall scoring revealed a marked increase in client perception of their quality of life. The findings of this study confirm that treating co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders in a single setting is beneficial to clients, not only helping them in their attempts to remain substance free, but improving their quality of life.
    • Leisure Constraints on Senior Center Participation

      Udd, Edward; Toon, Carrie L.; The College at Brockport (2002-06-17)
      The purpose of this study was to determine which factors most greatly influence senior center participation levels. Some of the factors which were analyzed include perceived degree of arthritis, perceived quality of life, and demographic variables such as age, gender, race, living arrangements, marital status, highest level of completed education, income, and method of transportation to and from the senior centers. It was hypothesized that all these factors have an effect on level of participation to some degree. The participants in this study included 74 women and 31 men who ranged in age from 55 to 88 years (M = 74.67) and attended one of three different senior centers in Monroe County, New York. In order to determine which factor or factors most affected senior center participation, a twenty-three question survey was developed. This survey was divided into four sections, senior center, arthritis, quality of life, and demographic information. Several multiple regressions calculations indicate that level of support from family and friends, gender, income, and living arrangements had the strongest correlation to senior center participation levels.
    • The Benefits of Physical Activity and Sport on Mental Health and Well-Being in School-Aged Children

      Houston-Wilson, Cathy; Raimondo, Daniel; Gilhousen, Ian (2019-12-18)
      There is research that concludes that there are benefits of physical activity for young children. However, there is an area of research which is lacking the benefits that physical activity and sport have on mental health and well-being in school-aged children, specifically. Therefore, the purpose of this synthesis was to review the literature on the benefits of physical activity and sport on mental health and well-being in school-aged children. Results determined that there are significant benefits, and a correlation between physical activity participation and overall mental health in school-aged children.