Magic and illusionism may be a potentially valid resource for children with cancer, as a complement to more traditional psychological support approaches. This study considered the psychological interviews conducted with patients with cancer <10 years of age from January to December 2019. We classified the reasons why consultations were performed and the specific situations when psychologists adopted illusionist techniques. Overall, 96 children (age 4–10 years, median 7) received psychological interventions. Magic techniques were used in 30 patients: in 15 cases to support communication and relations, in 9 as a diversion, and in 2 each for physical therapy and rehabilitation, humour therapy, and psychotherapy. This preliminary descriptive experience suggests that the use of magic tricks might be helpful in providing support for communication and relations, as well for compliance and rehabilitation, for children with cancer. More analytical studies are needed to provide quantitative assessment of the efficacy of such an approach.

Illusionist techniques as a complement to psychological support for children with cancer / C.A. Clerici, E. Pagani Bagliacca, M. Silva, S. Chopard, N. Puma, L. Bergamaschi, G. Gattuso, G. Sironi, M. Massimino, A. Ferrari. - In: TUMORI. - ISSN 0300-8916. - 107:2(2021 Apr), pp. 171-174. [10.1177/0300891620967750]

Illusionist techniques as a complement to psychological support for children with cancer

C.A. Clerici
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2021

Abstract

Magic and illusionism may be a potentially valid resource for children with cancer, as a complement to more traditional psychological support approaches. This study considered the psychological interviews conducted with patients with cancer <10 years of age from January to December 2019. We classified the reasons why consultations were performed and the specific situations when psychologists adopted illusionist techniques. Overall, 96 children (age 4–10 years, median 7) received psychological interventions. Magic techniques were used in 30 patients: in 15 cases to support communication and relations, in 9 as a diversion, and in 2 each for physical therapy and rehabilitation, humour therapy, and psychotherapy. This preliminary descriptive experience suggests that the use of magic tricks might be helpful in providing support for communication and relations, as well for compliance and rehabilitation, for children with cancer. More analytical studies are needed to provide quantitative assessment of the efficacy of such an approach.
cancer; Illusionist techniques; magic; pediatric oncology; psychological support; adaptation, psychological; child; child, preschool; female; humans; illusions; magic; male; medical oncology; neoplasms; pediatrics; psychotherapy; reproducibility of results; communication
Settore M-PSI/08 - Psicologia Clinica
23-ott-2020
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