This study examined preferences for counseling topics to discuss in individual, group, and familycounseling among young adults with cancer, as well as their ranked preferences for attending individual,group, and family counseling. A sample of 320 young adults with cancer (18–39 years old) completed anonline survey containing items relevant to young adults’ psychosocial needs. Participants rated anxiety,finances, sad feelings, sexual and intimacy concerns, and stress management as most helpful for individualcounseling; finding social support and getting information about one’s medical situation as most helpfulfor group counseling; and no topics as most helpful for family counseling. Participants rated individualcounseling as their primary choice of counseling modality, followed by group counseling, and lastlyfamily counseling. Counselors may help young adult clients by familiarizing themselves with the uniqueexperience of being diagnosed with cancer at an early age, as well as providing age-specific in-personsupport and counseling group opportunities.
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Taylor, Jessica and Kashubeck-West, Susan, "Counseling Preferences of Young Adults with Cancer." (2017). Education Sciences and Professional Programs Faculty Works. 16.