Understanding the Psychosocial Needs of Parents Who Have Lost a Child to Cancer
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00968500|
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : August 31, 2009
Last Update Posted : June 5, 2019
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment|
|Parents Who Have Lost a Child to Cancer||Behavioral: Questionnaires/Interviews|
|Study Type :||Observational|
|Actual Enrollment :||160 participants|
|Official Title:||Understanding the Psychosocial Needs of Parents Who Have Lost a Child to Cancer|
|Study Start Date :||August 2009|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||August 2020|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||August 2020|
Parents Who Have Lost a Child to Cancer
The overall goal of the proposed cross-sectional study is to obtain information necessary to the development of an effective Meaning-Centered Grief Intervention for parents who lost a child to cancer. In order to identify a subset of parents with whom we will conduct qualitative interviews with a subset of participants to address Aims 1 and 2, we will first screen participants to determine their levels of Prolonged Grief Disorder symptoms using a quantitative assessment (PG-13). The screening measure (PG-13) and the additional questionnaires included in the quantitative battery of measures will be analyzed to achieve Aim 3.
Prior to the interview, the measure of prolonged grief disorder symptoms, the PG-13, will be re-administered to participants as a quality assurance check. We will administer 7 self-report measures, which participants can complete in our office, at home, or via telephone, depending on their preferences. These questionnaires should take approximately 75 to 80 minutes to complete. If you are asked to take part in the in-depth interview and you choose to take part, the interview that will take approximately 60 to 90 minutes to complete, depending on the length of the responses to the questions asked.
The participant may also be asked if they would be willing to fill out an additional questionnaire about parents' thoughts on the most appropriate timing for raising the topic of a postmortem examination and factors that are important to include in discussions. Despite its importance, autopsy is often not discussed with parents whose child is dying from cancer.
- Identify the unique qualitative themes related to finding meaning among parents who lost a child to cancer to inform development of a conceptually sound meaning-centered grief intervention. [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
- Determine differences in qualitative themes of meaning in parents in the high and low Prolonged Grief Disorder subgroups to help select a target population for a meaning-centered grief intervention. [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
- Explore and identify factors associated with bereaved parents' psychosocial service underutilization to guide the development of an acceptable and feasible meaning-centered grief intervention format. [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00968500
|United States, Maryland|
|NCI Clinical Center|
|Bethesda, Maryland, United States|
|United States, New York|
|Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center|
|New York, New York, United States, 10065|
|Principal Investigator:||Wendy Lichtenthal, PhD||Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center|