This trial has been completed.

Condition cancer
Sponsor National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Start date August 2009
Trial size 28 participants
Trial identifier NCT00969579, 09-M-0194, 090194


This study will describe the perceptions of support and distress outcomes of single/lone parents of a child with cancer.


- Parents and families of children with chronic illnesses have stressors, including financial stress, role strains, separations, and interruptions in daily routines and plans for the future. All of these experiences may lead directly and indirectly to parental stress.

- The number of families headed by single or lone parents is increasing. Little work has been done to better understand if the needs of parents who are providing care for a child on their own differ from parents who do not classify themselves as lone. Identifying parents who may need additional support within a pediatric oncology setting is very important so that appropriate support is provided.


- To better understand the social, emotional, and practical effects of lone parents on children with cancer.


- All parents whose child has been diagnosed with cancer between 6 and 18 months before enrolling on the study.

- Participants must be able to speak and read English


- Parents will be asked to complete a questionnaire during one of their child s clinic or hospital visits.

- The questionnaire will ask about the parenting experience since the child was diagnosed with cancer. It will ask about the support the parent has received from family and friends since the diagnosis.

- The questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Time perspective prospective

Eligibility Criteria

All participants from 18 years up to 65 years old.

- INCLUSION CRITERIA: 1. Parents or primary guardians of children (ages 6 months through 17 years) with any malignancy whose child is 6-18 months post-diagnosis. 2. Ability to give informed consent. 3. English or Spanish speaking EXCLUSION CRITERIA: 1. Severe psychological distress which - in the judgment of the Principal or Associate Investigators at each respective collection site- would compromise the participant s ability to understand the questionnaire or is likely to interfere with the study procedures or results. 2. Relapse of malignancy

Additional Information

Official title Characterizing Lone Parenting: A Multi-Institutional Pilot Study of the Perceptions of Support and Perceived Stress of Lone Parents of Children With Cancer
Principal investigator Maryland Pao, M.D.
Description Background: - Research examining the potential impact of childhood chronic illness on parents and families has delineated a myriad of stressors that parents may experience, including financial stress, role strains, separations, interruptions in daily routines and plans for the future, and general uncertainty regarding the child s prognosis. - All of these possible experiences may lead directly and indirectly to anxiety, depression, posttraumatic-stress, hopelessness, and feelings of loss of control in parents and families. - The number of families headed by single, or lone parents has increased significantly, with 3 in 10 children now living in single parent homes. - It is not known whether distress is greater for parents who are lone parents. - Lone-parent families earn on average only 55% of what married-parent families earn, and are four times more likely to live in poverty. - It is unclear how lone parents trying to navigate the complex needs of maintaining a home, family, and a chronically ill child adapt to these challenges. - It is also unclear how many parents who check single on a standardized forced choice questionnaire format consider themselves to be lone when it comes to the experience of caring for their child with cancer. Objective: <TAB> - Aim 1: To define and characterize lone parents - Aim 2: To describe perceptions of social support and how they relate to lone and non-lone parenting - Aim 3: To identify distress outcomes in parents of children with cancer who identify themselves as being lone when it comes to the experience of caring for a child with cancer Study Population: English and Spanish speaking parents of a child (1through 17 years) with a malignancy, diagnosed 6-18 months before recruitment will be invited to participate in this study. Design: -This is a pilot, exploratory study designed to describe the perceptions of support and distress outcomes of single/lone parents of a child with cancer. Participants will be administered a Lone Parent Support Questionnaire designed for this study. The study will be completed in one visit (<30mins).
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in March 2017.
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