Because psychological and psychiatric assessments of childhood cancer
survivors have revealed a high rate of psychiatric sequelae, the authors
investigated the relationship between the degree of physical unpairment
resulting from cancer treatment and the psychosocial adjustment problems of
survivors. Ratings of physical impairment were based on the visibility of
physical residua as well as the functional limitations they imposed. The
results indicated that the psychosocial adjustment of survivors is not
significantly related to the severity of physical impairment.