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National Institutes of Health: National Cancer Institute: Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
Grant Details

Grant Number: 2R01CA118332-06A1 Interpret this number
Primary Investigator: Compas, Bruce
Organization: Vanderbilt University
Project Title: Parent-Child Communication About Cancer
Fiscal Year: 2013
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Abstract

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This is a competing renewal application to conduct theoretically-driven research to determine the course and predictors of mental health, social, and physical health outcomes in a cohort of children with cancer and their parents. We have been following a sample of 258 children (ages 5 to 17-years at entry into the study) from near the time of their cancer diagnosis over the first year after their diagnosis with a very high retention rate. By the end of this grant period we will have collected 3 waves of data including observations, interviews and questionnaires and we now propose to collect 2 additional waves of data, including direct observations of parent-child interactions, up to 5 years after diagnosis. Child and their parents completed measures about sources of cancer-related stress, how they cope with cancer, standardized indicators of distress and mental health problems, and they participated in video recorded observations. We propose to extend this work to examine the transition off treatment and into survivorship. Our aims are: 1) To examine continuity and change in parent-child communication about cancer; 2) To identify early predictors of later mental and physical health outcomes for children with cancer and their parents; and 3) To examine reciprocal relationships between parent and child coping, mental and physical health. To meet these aims, we propose to collect 2 additional waves of interview, observational and multi-agent questionnaire data spaced 12 months apart. The project is designed to identify risk and protective factors and processes that can be used to establish a theory-driven model of coping and adaptation to childhood cancer and to identify targets for the future early preventive psychosocial interventions with children with cancer and their parents.

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Publications

The Role Of Coping And Temperament In The Adjustment Of Children With Cancer
Authors: Miller,K.S. , Vannatta,K. , Compas,B.E. , Vasey,M. , McGoron,K.D. , Salley,C.G. , Gerhardt,C.A. .
Source: Journal Of Pediatric Psychology, 2009 Nov-Dec; 34(10), p. 1135-43.
PMID: 19451171
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Direct Observation Of Mother-child Communication In Pediatric Cancer: Assessment Of Verbal And Non-verbal Behavior And Emotion
Authors: Dunn,M.J. , Rodriguez,E.M. , Miller,K.S. , Gerhardt,C.A. , Vannatta,K. , Saylor,M. , Scheule,C.M. , Compas,B.E. .
Source: Journal Of Pediatric Psychology, 2011 Jun; 36(5), p. 565-75.
PMID: 20634206
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Cancer-related Sources Of Stress For Children With Cancer And Their Parents
Authors: Rodriguez,E.M. , Dunn,M.J. , Zuckerman,T. , Vannatta,K. , Gerhardt,C.A. , Compas,B.E. .
Source: Journal Of Pediatric Psychology, 2012 Mar; 37(2), p. 185-97.
PMID: 21841187
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Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms In Parents Of Children With Cancer Within Six Months Of Diagnosis
Authors: Dunn,M.J. , Rodriguez,E.M. , Barnwell,A.S. , Grossenbacher,J.C. , Vannatta,K. , Gerhardt,C.A. , Compas,B.E. .
Source: Health Psychology : Official Journal Of The Division Of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association, 2012 Mar; 31(2), p. 176-85.
PMID: 21942750
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Coping With Chronic Illness In Childhood And Adolescence
Authors: Compas,B.E. , Jaser,S.S. , Dunn,M.J. , Rodriguez,E.M. .
Source: Annual Review Of Clinical Psychology, 2012; 8, p. 455-80.
PMID: 22224836
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Mother-child Communication And Maternal Depressive Symptoms In Families Of Children With Cancer: Integrating Macro And Micro Levels Of Analysis
Authors: Rodriguez E.M. , Dunn M.J. , Zuckerman T. , Hughart L. , Vannatta K. , Gerhardt C.A. , Saylor M. , Schuele C.M. , Compas B.E. .
Source: Journal Of Pediatric Psychology, 2013 Aug; 38(7), p. 732-43.
PMID: 23616622
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Children And Adolescents Coping With Cancer: Self- And Parent Reports Of Coping And Anxiety/depression
Authors: Compas B.E. , Desjardins L. , Vannatta K. , Young-Saleme T. , Rodriguez E.M. , Dunn M. , Bemis H. , Snyder S. , Gerhardt C.A. .
Source: Health Psychology : Official Journal Of The Division Of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association, 2014 Aug; 33(8), p. 853-61.
PMID: 25068455
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Mothers And Fathers Coping With Their Children's Cancer: Individual And Interpersonal Processes
Authors: Compas B.E. , Bemis H. , Gerhardt C.A. , Dunn M.J. , Rodriguez E.M. , Desjardins L. , Preacher K.J. , Manring S. , Vannatta K. .
Source: Health Psychology : Official Journal Of The Division Of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association, 2015 Aug; 34(8), p. 783-93.
PMID: 25622077
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Childhood Cancer In Context: Sociodemographic Factors, Stress, And Psychological Distress Among Mothers And Children
Authors: Bemis H. , Yarboi J. , Gerhardt C.A. , Vannatta K. , Desjardins L. , Murphy L.K. , Rodriguez E.M. , Compas B.E. .
Source: Journal Of Pediatric Psychology, 2015 Sep; 40(8), p. 733-43.
PMID: 25840446
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Longitudinal Associations Among Maternal Communication And Adolescent Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms After Cancer Diagnosis
Authors: Murphy L.K. , Rodriguez E.M. , Schwartz L. , Bemis H. , Desjardins L. , Gerhardt C.A. , Vannatta K. , Saylor M. , Compas B.E. .
Source: Psycho-oncology, 2015-07-27 00:00:00.0; , .
PMID: 26216475
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